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Disambiguating durational cues for speech segmentation

Monaghan, Padraic and White, Laurence and Merkx, Marjolein M (2013) Disambiguating durational cues for speech segmentation. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134 (1). EL45-51. ISSN 1520-8524

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Abstract

Vowels are lengthened in lexically stressed syllables and also in word-final syllables. Both stress and final-syllable lengthening can assist in word segmentation from continuous speech, but in languages like English, with a preponderance of stress-initial words, lengthening cues may conflict for indicating word boundaries. An analysis of a large corpus of English speech demonstrated that speakers provide distributional information sufficient to potentially allow listeners to determine whether vowel lengthening is associated with lexical stress or word finality without relying on a congruence of multiple suprasegmental cues to make the distinction.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Uncontrolled Keywords: WORD SEGMENTATION ; PHRASE BOUNDARIES
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 65913
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 07 Aug 2013 11:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2018 15:27
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/65913

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