Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

Listeners Representations of Within-Word Structure: A Cross-Linguistic and Cross-Dialectal Investigation

Takashi Otake (1), Sally M. Davis (2), Anne Cutler (3)

(1) Dokkyo University, Soka-shi, Saitama, Japan
(2) Dept. of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
(3) Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Japanese, British English and American English listeners were presented with spoken words in their native language, and asked to mark on a written transcript of each word the first natural division point in the word. The results showed clear and strong patterns of consensus, indicating that listeners have available to them conscious representations of within-word structure. Orthography did not play a strongly deciding role in the results. The patterns of response were at variance with results from on-line studies of speech segmentation, suggesting that the present task taps not those representations used in on-line listening, but levels of representation which may involve much richer knowledge of word-internal structure.

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Bibliographic reference.  Otake, Takashi / Davis, Sally M. / Cutler, Anne (1995): "Listeners representations of within-word structure: a cross-linguistic and cross-dialectal investigation", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 1703-1706.