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ID: 555151.0, MPI für Psycholinguistik / Yearbook 2011
Intonational structure as a word-boundary cue in Tokyo Japanese
Authors:Warner, Natasha; Otake, Takashi; Arai, Arai
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2010
Title of Journal:Language and Speech
Volume:53
Start Page:107
End Page:131
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Not Specified
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:While listeners are recognizing words from the connected speech stream, they are also parsing information from the intonational contour. This contour may contain cues to word boundaries, particularly if a language has boundary tones that occur at a large proportion of word onsets. We investigate how useful the pitch rise at the beginning of an accentual phrase (APR) would be as a potential word-boundary cue for Japanese listeners. A corpus study shows that it should allow listeners to locate approximately 40–60% of word onsets, while causing less than 1% false positives. We then present a word-spotting study which shows that Japanese listeners can, indeed, use accentual phrase boundary cues during segmentation. This work shows that the prosodic patterns that have been found in the production of Japanese also impact listeners’ processing.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Karin Kastens
Affiliations:MPI für Psycholinguistik
External Affiliations:External Organizations
Identifiers:URL:http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/pubman/item/escidoc:3172...
DOI:10.1177/0023830909351235
LOCALID:escidoc:317255
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