Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Influence of Morphology on Phoneme Identification in Spoken Croatian

Vlasta Erdeljac, Damir Horga

University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

The representation of morphological structures in the mental lexicon constitutes the inevitable topic in the investigation of cognitive aspects of the language data processing. In the present paper the influence of the noun case functions of the phoneme identification in Croatian language is investigated within the framework of the spoken word recognition. By means of the gating paradigm 36 subjects listened to and identified 24 words. The results showed strong influence of the morphological component, especially of the nominative case, on the word recognizability, regardless of the suffix phoneme (/a/ for feminine and /e/ for neuter gender). The results also showed the dynamics of the word identification process because it was possible to determine the decision-bias point position. Finally, the results could be interpreted in terms of the decompositional storage of morphological information of the regular complex Croatian nouns in the mental lexicon.

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Bibliographic reference.  Erdeljac, Vlasta / Horga, Damir (1999): "Influence of morphology on phoneme identification in spoken croatian", In EUROSPEECH'99, 1891-1894.