Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

A Moraic Nasal and a Syllable Structure in Japanese

Takashi Otake (1), Kiyoko Yoneyama (2)

(1) Faculty of Foreign Languages, Dokkyo University
(2) Graduate School of Dokkyo University, Saitama-ken, Japan

In the previous study the recognition of a mora in Japanese during on-line speech perception was investigated independent of a syllable structure [1]. In this study the role of a syllable structure and the durational properties of a moraic nasal in Japanese during the off-line speech perception were explored. Three experiments regarding the recognition of a nasal were conducted. In the first experiment a reduced nasal duration in two positions, the onset and the coda were examined. The results have shown that the recognition of a nasal in the two positions can be accomplished irrelevant to the durational properties. In the second experiment, the relationship between the duration of a nasal and a syllable structure was examined. The results have shown that both the durational properties and a syllable structure played an important role in the recognition of a moraic nasal in Japanese. In the third experiment, it was tested how Dutch listeners recognized the nasal in the Japanese materials. The results have shown that their recognition system differed from that by the Japanese listeners.

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Bibliographic reference.  Otake, Takashi / Yoneyama, Kiyoko (1994): "A moraic nasal and a syllable structure in Japanese", In ICSLP-1994, 1427-1430.