4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Phonological Variation: Epenthesis and Deletion of Schwa in Dutch

Cecile Kuijpers, Wilma van Donselaar, Anne Cutler

Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Two types of phonological variation in Dutch, resulting from optional rules, are schwa epenthesis and schwa deletion. In a lexical decision experiment it was investigated whether the phonological variants were processed similarly to the standard forms. It was found that the two types of variation patterned differently. Words with schwa epenthesis were processed faster and more accurately than the standard forms, whereas words with schwa deletion led to less fast and less accurate responses. The results are discussed in relation to the role of consonant-vowel alternations in speech processing and the perceptual integrity of onset clusters.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kuijpers, Cecile / Donselaar, Wilma van / Cutler, Anne (1996): "Phonological variation: epenthesis and deletion of schwa in Dutch", In ICSLP-1996, 149-152.