First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

The Role of the Mora in Speech Production of Japanese

Haruo Kubozono

Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan

This paper discusses the reality and relevance of the prosodic unit 'mora' in Japanese in a cross-linguistic perspective. The main lines of evidence to be discussed are taken from the following three linguistic phenomena: (a) word formation, (b) speech errors, and (c) stuttering. Careful analyses of these phenomena in Japanese reveal that the mora plays an important role as a unit of phonological length, i.e. as a unit for measuring phonological distance in various types of linguistic phenomena. This finding contrasts with the situation in English where essentially the same role is played by the syllable.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kubozono, Haruo (1990): "The role of the mora in speech production of Japanese", In ICSLP-1990, 501-504.