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Spoken word boundary detection in ambiguous resyllabification contexts in Spanish

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Lahoz-Bengoechea, José María and Jiménez-Bravo, Miguel (2020) Spoken word boundary detection in ambiguous resyllabification contexts in Spanish. Laboratory Phonology . ISSN 1868-6346 / eISSN 1868-6354 (Submitted)

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Abstract

In Spanish, word-final consonants are resyllabified with the initial vowel of a following word, e.g. "mis amigos" (‘my friends’) is syllabified as "mi.sa.mi.gos". This study examines the role of consonant duration as a perceptual cue to identify consonants as word-final or word-initial. Twelve minimal pairs of sentences were recorded by a native speaker differing only in the lexical affiliation of the target consonant, i.e. four pairs for /s/, /n/, and /l/ respectively. Consonant duration was manipulated by computer in five incremental steps. Sixty-five native participants took part in a lexical decision experiment. Longer consonant duration was found to bias participants’ perception towards a word-initial interpretation in the case of /s/ and /n/. In contrast, longer /l/ was perceived as word-final, due to the fact that /l/ presents two tongue gestures, i.e. tip and body, which are not simultaneous in coda but sequential. Additionally, listeners were sensitive to some extra cue present in the original signal for /n/, probably due to anticipatory coarticulation. Evidence is provided for the simultaneous coda and onset status of resyllabified consonants, and accordingly they are proposed to be phonologically represented as ambisyllabic.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Spanish; Resyllabification; Spoken word recognition; Duration; Gestural coordination; Ambisyllabicity.
Subjects:Humanities > Philology > Spanish language
Humanities > Philology > Linguistics
ID Code:61636
Deposited On:25 Jul 2020 00:23
Last Modified:28 Jul 2020 23:57

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