ITRW on Experimental Linguistics

Athens, Greece
August 28-30, 2006

Perception of Complex Coda Clusters and the Role of the SSP

Irene Vogel (1), Robin Aronow-Meredith (2)

(1) Department of Linguistics, University of Delaware, USA
(2) Departments of French, Italian, German, and Slavic and Communication Science, Temple University, USA

Modern Persian permits coda clusters, many of which violate the Sonority Sequencing Principle. In a syllable counting task, Persian speakers consistently perceived clusters in CVCC target items as monosyllabic, whereas English speakers generally perceived clusters existing in English as monosyllabic but those not existing in English as bi-syllabic. Moreover, the latter were perceived as monosyllabic more frequently if they adhered to the SSP than if they did not. In a follow-up experiment, French speakers performed a similar task, related to the clusters of that language. It is anticipated that the French speakers will exhibit similar perceptual behavior demonstrating the influence of the native language when the cluster exists in French, and the influence of the SSP if it does not.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Vogel, Irene / Aronow-Meredith, Robin (2006): "Perception of complex coda clusters and the role of the SSP", In ExLing-2006, 249-252.