7th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

September 16-20, 2002
Denver, Colorado, USA

Perceptual Effects of Assimilation-Induced Violation of Final Devoicing in Dutch

Cecile Kuijpers, Wilma van Donselaar, Anne Cutler

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

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.

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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.