Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

French Listeners Counting Syllables in Read French and Russian: Implications for the Cognitive Realty of Syllable

Irina Nesterenko

Department of Phonetics, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

This paper examines the question of cognitive status of syllable as a linguistic unit. The experiment was conceived in the objective to test, in a metalinguistic task of counting the syllables, put to French speaking subjects, whether the syllable is a mere methodological concept adopted in linguistic descriptions or whether there is a cognitive reality behind it. Working with filtered stimuli permits to concentrate the attention on the role of the syllable in the prosodic organisation of the utterance.

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Bibliographic reference.  Nesterenko, Irina (2002): "French listeners counting syllables in read French and Russian: implications for the cognitive realty of syllable", In SP-2002, 531-534.