5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

The Perception Of The Morae With Devocalized Vowels In Japanese Language.

Kimiko Yamakawa, Ryoji Baba

Prefectural University of Kumamoto, Japan

Usually the first vowel of the Japanese word 'susugi' (rinse) disappears, and so the pronunciation of 'susugi' is not [susugi] but [ssugi]. We made two psychophysical experiments. In the first one we shortened the part of [ss] of [ssugides] and [korewassugides] (This is rinse.) in 6 stages. [korewassugides] with shortened [ss] is easy to perceive as [korewasugides] (This is cedar) , but [ssugides] with shortened [ss] is not easy to perceive of [sugides] (Japanese cedar). In the second experiment we changed the pitches of [sugides] and researched how Japanese perceive these sounds.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yamakawa, Kimiko / Baba, Ryoji (1998): "The perception of the morae with devocalized vowels in Japanese language.", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0312.