5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

The Effect of Orthographic Knowledge on the Segmentation of Speech

Bruce L. Derwing (1), Terrance M. Nearey (1), Yeo Bom Yoon (2)

(1) University of Alberta, Canada
(2) Seoul National University of Education, Korea

This study is part of a cross-linguistic investigation of phonological units, with emphasis on such ostensive universals as the segment (C or V), the syllable (e.g., CVC), and the rime (VC). Prior work has indicated that speakers of some languages (e.g., Chinese) may not segment words into units smaller than the whole syllable, while in other languages (e.g., Korean and Japanese) units called the body (CV) or the mora may supplant the rime. However, the native speakers tested so far were all relatively well educated, literate, and often bilingual. Thus they were all exposed to writing systems that might have influenced their performance. Since knowledge of orthography has not been controlled in previous studies, in the present research we will test speakers of English and Korean who have not been subjected to the influence of spelling. These include preliterate children, who are the focus of the study.

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Bibliographic reference.  Derwing, Bruce L. / Nearey, Terrance M. / Yoon, Yeo Bom (1998): "The effect of orthographic knowledge on the segmentation of speech", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0978.