10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Processing Liaison-Initial Words in Native and Non-Native French: Evidence from Eye Movements

Annie Tremblay

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

French listeners have no difficulty recognizing liaison-initial words. This is in part because acoustic/phonetic information distinguishes liaison consonants from (non-resyllabified) word onsets in the speech signal. Using eye tracking, this study investigates whether native speakers of English, a language that does not have a phonological resyllabification process like liaison, can develop target-like segmentation procedures for recognizing liaison-initial words in French, and if so, how such procedures develop with increasing proficiency.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tremblay, Annie (2009): "Processing liaison-initial words in native and non-native French: evidence from eye movements", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 156-159.