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Title: Syllabically Conditioned Perceptual Epenthesis
Author: Barış Kabak
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Institution: Universität Konstanz
Author: William James Idsardi
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Institution: University of Delaware
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This article focuses on perceptual epenthesis; a phenomenon where listeners/L/perceive illusory vowels within consonant clusters which deviate from the/L/phonotactic norms of their native language (see Dupoux et al., 1999). We/L/present results from an experiment on Korean listeners' perception of/L/English consonant clusters which replicates and extends previous studies on/L/Japanese. Our primary aim is to tease apart two explanations for perceptual/L/epenthesis which are confounded in the Japanese studies: consonantal contact/L/violations and syllable structure violations. In light of our results, we/L/suggest here that perceptual epenthesis is caused by syllable structure/L/violations rather than illicit consonantal contact. In addition, we show/L/that speech perception is not always governed by the same system of rules/L/and restrictions that govern speech production. We discuss the consequences/L/of the non-isomorphism between speech production and perception observed in/L/our experiment in the context of the P-map hypothesis (Steriade, 2001a, b)./L/Furthermore, we show that frequency-based analyses fail to account for our/L/results.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: In: Nowak, P. et al. (eds.). Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics
Publication Info: Published in 2003

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