ISCA Archive ICSLP 1994
ISCA Archive ICSLP 1994

Production and perception of words with identical segmental structure but different number of syllables

Barbara Heuft, Thomas Portele

A common reduction phenomenon in German colloquial speech is the elimination or assimilation of the schwa sound in word final syllables which are reduced to a single segment. This study investigates whether those syllabic segments are perceptually different from their non-syllabic counterparts and which acoustic parameters are responsible for these differences. Two types of test words were chosen: words with schwa elimination between two nasals and words with schwa assimilation before a vocalized /r/. Evidence is given that differences are cued not only within the segments in question but in the preceding syllable as well.


Cite as: Heuft, B., Portele, T. (1994) Production and perception of words with identical segmental structure but different number of syllables. Proc. 3rd International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 1994), 407-410

@inproceedings{heuft94_icslp,
  author={Barbara Heuft and Thomas Portele},
  title={{Production and perception of words with identical segmental structure but different number of syllables}},
  year=1994,
  booktitle={Proc. 3rd International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 1994)},
  pages={407--410}
}