Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

CV as a Phonological Unit in Korean

Yeo Bom Yoon

Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

The rime as a viable phonological unit in English has been supported by a wide range of sources of evidence: language acquisition, speech errors, a rime-based poetic tradition, experimental word games, etc. In Korean, however, there is evidence for CV (or the body), a unit composed of a vowel and the preceding consonant. This paper discusses (I) some evidence for the body unit in Korean, (II) a word-blending experiment that shows the correlation between the sonority value of a prevocalic consonant and its stickiness to the vowel, and (III) a recent extension involving sound similarity judgments that confirms the body as a major sub-syllabic unit in Korean.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yoon, Yeo Bom (1994): "CV as a phonological unit in Korean", In ICSLP-1994, 483-486.