4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Segmentation Strategies for Spoken Language Recognition: Evidence from Semi-Bilingual Japanese Speakers of English

Kiyoko Yoneyama

Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

The present study investigates speech segmentation of English by semi-bilingual Japanese speakers of English. Two experiments were conducted with forty subjects. The first experiment used a syllable-monitoring task and the results did not show a moraic segmentation strategy, which is a languagespecific segmentation strategy for native speakers of Japanese. This suggests that they employed a general or segment-bysegment sub-lexical segmentation strategy rather than a language-specific moraic segmentation strategy for accessing the lexicon. The second experiment used a phonememonitoring task and here the results supported a languagespecific moraic segmentation. Taken together, experiments suggest that semi-bilingual Japanese speakers have two segmentation strategies for spoken language recognition, supporting a model proposed by Cutler and colleagues. These results also suggest that these semi-bilinguals only partly suppress their native language-specific segmentation, which makes them comparable to the perfectly balanced French- English bilinguals in a similar study by Cutler and colleagues.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yoneyama, Kiyoko (1996): "Segmentation strategies for spoken language recognition: evidence from semi-bilingual Japanese speakers of English", In ICSLP-1996, 454-457.