7th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
September 16-20, 2002
Voice assimilation in Dutch is an optional phonological rule which changes the surface forms of words and in doing so may violate the otherwise obligatory phonological rule of syllable-final devoicing. We report two experiments examining the influence of voice assimilation on phoneme processing, in lexical compound words and in noun-verb phrases. Processing was not impaired in appropriate assimilation contexts across morpheme boundaries, but was impaired when devoicing was violated (a) in an inappropriate (nonassimilatory) context, or (b) across a syntactic boundary.
Bibliographic reference. Kuijpers, Cecile / Donselaar, Wilma van / Cutler, Anne (2002): "Perceptual effects of assimilation-induced violation of final devoicing in dutch", In ICSLP-2002, 1661-1664.