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Title: Syllabically Conditioned Perceptual Epenthesis
Author: Barış Kabak
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Homepage: http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/home/kabak/
Institution: Universität Konstanz
Author: William James Idsardi
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Homepage: http://www.ling.udel.edu/idsardi/
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
perceive illusory vowels within consonant clusters which deviate from the
phonotactic norms of their native language (see Dupoux et al., 1999). We
present results from an experiment on Korean listeners' perception of
English consonant clusters which replicates and extends previous studies on
Japanese. Our primary aim is to tease apart two explanations for perceptual
epenthesis which are confounded in the Japanese studies: consonantal contact
violations and syllable structure violations. In light of our results, we
suggest here that perceptual epenthesis is caused by syllable structure
violations rather than illicit consonantal contact. In addition, we show
that speech perception is not always governed by the same system of rules
and restrictions that govern speech production. We discuss the consequences
of the non-isomorphism between speech production and perception observed in
our experiment in the context of the P-map hypothesis (Steriade, 2001a, b).
Furthermore, we show that frequency-based analyses fail to account for our
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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