Lexical segmentation in Slovak and German

Lexical segmentation in Slovak and German

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All humans are equipped with perceptual and articulatory mechanisms which (in healthy humans) allow them to learn to perceive and produce speech. One basic question in psycholinguistics is whether humans share similar underlying processing mechanisms for all languages, or whether these are fundamentally different due to the diversity of languages and speakers. This book provides a cross-linguistic examination of speech comprehension by investigating word recognition in users of different languages. The focus is on how listeners segment the quasi-continuous stream of sounds that they hear into a sequence of discrete words, and how a universal segmentation principle, the Possible Word Constraint, applies in the recognition of Slovak and German.Word recognition would be easier if the syllable boundary is aligned with the word onset (e.g. dug.ruka). ... depending on the affiliation of consonants to a certain syllable, word recognition could also be hard, if, for example, ... 19 - - - - One reason for this controversy is the asymmetry between written and spoken language.

Title:Lexical segmentation in Slovak and German
Author:Adriana Hanulíková
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter - 2009-01-01


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