Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Production and Perception of Words With Identical Segmental Structure But Different Number of Syllables

Barbara Heuft, Thomas Portele

Institut für Kommunikationsforschung und Phonetik (IKP), Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany

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.

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Bibliographic reference.  Heuft, Barbara / Portele, Thomas (1994): "Production and perception of words with identical segmental structure but different number of syllables", In ICSLP-1994, 407-410.