7th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
September 16-20, 2002
We describe a reaction time study in which listeners detected word or nonword syllable targets (e.g. zoo, trel) in sequences consisting of the target plus a consonant or syllable residue (trelsh, trelshek). The pattern of responses differed from an earlier word-spotting study with the same material, in which words were always harder to find if only a consonant residue remained. The earlier results should thus not be viewed in terms of syllabic parsing, but in terms of a universal role for syllables in speech perception; words which are accidentally present in spoken input (e.g. sell in self) can be rejected when they leave a residue of the input which could not itself be a word.
Bibliographic reference. Kearns, Ruth / Norris, Dennis / Cutler, Anne (2002): "Syllable processing in English", In ICSLP-2002, 1657-1660.