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Disambiguating durational cues for speech segmentation

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Vowels are lengthened in lexically stressed syllables and also in word-final syllables. Both stress and final-syllable lengthening can assist in word segmentation from continuous speech, but in languages like English, with a preponderance of stress-initial words, lengthening cues may conflict for indicating word boundaries. An analysis of a large corpus of English speech demonstrated that speakers provide distributional information sufficient to potentially allow listeners to determine whether vowel lengthening is associated with lexical stress or word finality without relying on a congruence of multiple suprasegmental cues to make the distinction. © 2013 Acoustical Society of America.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Monaghan P, White L, Merkx MM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Year: 2013

Volume: 134

Issue: 1

Print publication date: 01/07/2013

ISSN (print): 0001-4966

ISSN (electronic): 1520-8524

Publisher: Acoustical Society of America


DOI: 10.1121/1.4809775

PubMed id: 23862905


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