The role of positional probability in the segmentation of Cantonese speech

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Abstract

The present paper examines the question of whether native Cantonese listeners make use of probabilistic phonotactics information of words in the segmentation process of Cantonese continuous speech. Because some sounds appear more frequently at the beginning or ending of Cantonese syllables than the others, these kinds of probabilistic information of syllables may be likely to cue the locations of possible syllable boundaries in Cantonese continuous speech. A syllable-spotting experiment was conducted and the results indicated that native Cantonese listeners indeed made use of the positional probabilities of a syllable's onset but not for the case of a syllable's final in the segmentation process. Along with my previous study [1]. I argue that probabilistic phonotactics is one useful source of information in Cantonese speech segmentation. Copyright © 2006 the International Speech Communication Association.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationINTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language processing
Place of PublicationBaixas, France
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Pages865-868
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9781604234497, 1604234490
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Citation

Yip, M. C. W. (2006). The role of positional probability in the segmentation of Cantonese speech. In INTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language processing (Vol. 2, pp. 865-868). Baixas, France: International Speech Communication Association.

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