5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Phonological Similarity Effects in Cantonese Spoken-Word Processing

Michael C. W. Yip, Po-Yee Leung, Hsuan-Chih Chen

Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

A Cantonese experiment is described in which the shadowing of spoken targets as a function of phonological similarity to either a succeeding prime (backward priming) or a preceding prime (forward priming) is investigated. In the backward priming conditions, alternations of onset, rime, or tone between prime and target produced inhibition, whereas in the forward priming conditions, alternations of tone led to facilitation. The results are discussed in terms of the processing and memory of Cantonese syllables.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yip, Michael C. W. / Leung, Po-Yee / Chen, Hsuan-Chih (1998): "Phonological similarity effects in Cantonese spoken-word processing", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0661.