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Acoustic-phonetic cues to word boundary location: Evidence from word spotting

Presented at San Francisco, CA, 1-7 August 1999
Publication date1999
Abstract

This research examined acoustic-phonetic cues to word boundary location in French consonant clusters, and assessed their use in on-line lexical segmentation. Two word-spotting experiments manipulated the alignment between word targets and syllable boundaries. A perceptual cost of such misalignment was observed for obstruent-liquid clusters but not for /s/ + obstruent clusters. For the former clusters, the analysis of a corpus of utterances showed systematic variations in segment durations as a function of the lexical assignment of the pivotal consonant. We conclude that the availability of acoustic-phonetic cues to word boundary location in consonant clusters depends upon the cluster class. When available, these cues are exploited in on-line lexical segmentation of speech.

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  • Swiss National Science Foundation - 1113-049698.96
  • Autre - A.R.C. 96/01-203
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DUMAY, Nicolas, CONTENT, Alain, FRAUENFELDER, Ulrich Hans. Acoustic-phonetic cues to word boundary location: Evidence from word spotting. In: Proceedings of the 14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. San Francisco, CA. [s.l.] : [s.n.], 1999.
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