Phonotactic constraints and the segmentation of Cantonese speech

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Abstract

Two word-spotting experiments were conducted to examine the question of whether native Cantonese listeners are constrained by phonotactic information in the segmentation of Cantonese continuous speech. Because there are no legal consonant clusters occurred within individual Cantonese words, so this kind of phonotactic information of words may most likely cue native Cantonese listeners the locations of possible word boundaries in the continuous speech. Finally, the observed results from the two experiments confirmed this prediction. Together with other relevant studies, we argue that phonotactic constraint is one of the useful sources of information in segmenting Cantonese continuous speech. Copyright © 2011 Curran Associates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2011: Interspeech 2011
EditorsPiero COSI, Renato De MORI, Giuseppe Di FABBRIZIO, Roberto PIERACCINI
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCurran Associates
Pages2228-2231
Volume4
ISBN (Print)9781618392701
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Citation

Yip, M. C. W. (2011): Phonotactic constraints and the segmentation of Cantonese speech. In P. Cosi, R. De Mori, G. Di Fabbrizio, & R. Pieraccini (Eds.), 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2011: Interspeech 2011 (Vol. 4, pp. 2228-2231). New York: Curran Associates.

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