Vocabulary structure and spoken-word recognition

evidence from French reveals the source of embedding asymmetry

Anne Cutler, Laurence Bruggeman

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Abstract

Vocabularies contain hundreds of thousands of words built from only a handful of phonemes, so that inevitably longer words tend to contain shorter ones. In many languages (but not all) such embedded words occur more often word-initially than word-finally, and this asymmetry, if present, has farreaching consequences for spoken-word recognition. Prior research had ascribed the asymmetry to suffixing or to effects of stress (in particular, final syllables containing the vowel schwa). Analyses of the standard French vocabulary here reveal an effect of suffixing, as predicted by this account, and further analyses of an artificial variety of French reveal that extensive final schwa has an independent and additive effect in promoting the embedding asymmetry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association
EditorsF. Bimbot, C. Cerisara, C. Fougeron, G. Gravier, L. Lamel, F. Pellegrino, P. Perrier
Place of PublicationBaixas
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Pages2812-2816
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781629934433
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInterspeech 2013: 14 Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association - Lyon, France
Duration: 25 Aug 201329 Aug 2013

Conference

ConferenceInterspeech 2013
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period25/08/1329/08/13

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    Cutler, A., & Bruggeman, L. (2013). Vocabulary structure and spoken-word recognition: evidence from French reveals the source of embedding asymmetry. In F. Bimbot, C. Cerisara, C. Fougeron, G. Gravier, L. Lamel, F. Pellegrino, & P. Perrier (Eds.), Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (pp. 2812-2816). Baixas: International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH