ISCA Archive ICSLP 1998
ISCA Archive ICSLP 1998

Assimilation of place in Japanese and dutch

Anne Cutler, Takashi Otake

Assimilation of place of articulation across a nasal and a following stop consonant is obligatory in Japanese, but not in Dutch. In four experiments the processing of assimilated forms by speakers of Japanese and Dutch was compared, using a task in which listeners blended pseudo-word pairs such as ranga-serupa. An assimilated blend of this pair would be rampa, an unassimilated blend rangpa. Japanese listeners produced significantly more assimilated than unassimilated forms, both with pseudo-Japanese and pseudo-Dutch materials, while Dutch listeners produced significantly more unassimilated than assimilated forms in each materials set. This suggests that Japanese listeners, whose native-language phonology involves obligatory assimilation constraints, represent the assimilated nasals in nasal-stop sequences as unmarked for place of articulation, while Dutch listeners, who are accustomed to hearing unassimilated forms, represent the same nasal segments as marked for place of articulation.

doi: 10.21437/ICSLP.1998-729

Cite as: Cutler, A., Otake, T. (1998) Assimilation of place in Japanese and dutch. Proc. 5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 1998), paper 0093, doi: 10.21437/ICSLP.1998-729

  author={Anne Cutler and Takashi Otake},
  title={{Assimilation of place in Japanese and dutch}},
  booktitle={Proc. 5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 1998)},
  pages={paper 0093},