Temporal planning in the production of Australian English compounds

Ivan Yuen, Nan Xu Rattanasone, Gretel McDonald, Rebecca Holt, Katherine Demuth

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    Abstract

    Listeners rely on prosodic cues to disambiguate syntactic structures. One such ambiguity arises from how nouns are grouped in a sentence. Grouping nouns together as compounds compared to non-compounds should result in temporal adjustment within the word. We investigated how speakers disambiguated the two types using temporal planning, and how these temporal cues were exploited during perception. As expected, compounds showed shorter durations than the noncompounds, with the first word of compounds being shorter than in non-compounds. Compounds were also recognized faster than non-compounds in an eye-tracking task, suggesting a close link between production and perception.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)142-145
    Number of pages4
    JournalProceedings of the 15th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology - Christchurch
    Duration: 2 Dec 20145 Dec 2014

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