• KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
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The Effects of Syllable Boundary Ambiguity on Spoken Word Recognition in Korean Continuous Speech

Vol. 6, No.11, November 30, 2012
10.3837/tiis.2012.11.003, Download Paper (Free):

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the syllable-word boundary misalignment cost on word segmentation in Korean continuous speech. Previous studies have demonstrated the important role of syllabification in speech segmentation. The current study investigated whether the resyllabification process affects word recognition in Korean continuous speech. In Experiment I, under the misalignment condition, participants were presented with stimuli in which a word-final consonant became the onset of the next syllable. (e.g., /k/ in belsak ingan becomes the onset of the first syllable of ingan ‘human’). In the alignment condition, they heard stimuli in which a word-final vowel was also the final segment of the syllable (e.g., /eo/ in heulmeo ingan is the end of both the syllable and word). The results showed that word recognition was faster and more accurate in the alignment condition. Experiment II aimed to confirm that the results of Experiment I were attributable to the resyllabification process, by comparing only the target words from each condition. The results of Experiment II supported the findings of Experiment I. Therefore, based on the current study, we confirmed that Korean, a syllable-timed language, has a misalignment cost of resyllabification.


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[IEEE Style]
Jinwon Kang, Sunmi Kim and Kichun Nam, "The Effects of Syllable Boundary Ambiguity on Spoken Word Recognition in Korean Continuous Speech," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 6, no. 11, pp. 2800-2812, 2012. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2012.11.003

[ACM Style]
Kang, J., Kim, S., and Nam, K. 2012. The Effects of Syllable Boundary Ambiguity on Spoken Word Recognition in Korean Continuous Speech. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 6, 11, (2012), 2800-2812. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2012.11.003