ISCA Archive Interspeech 2021
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2021

Speech Perception and Loanword Adaptations: The Case of Copy-Vowel Epenthesis

Adriana Guevara-Rukoz, Shi Yu, Sharon Peperkamp

Japanese allows for almost no consonants in syllable codas. In loanwords, illegal codas are transformed into onsets by means of vowel epenthesis. The default epenthetic vowel in loanwords is [ɯ], and previous work has shown that this [ɯ]-epenthesis reflects Japanese listeners’ perception of illegal coda consonants. Here, we focus on one of the non-default cases: following coda [ç] and [x] the epenthetic vowel is a copy of the preceding vowel. Using an identification and a discrimination task, we provide evidence for the perceptual origin of this copy vowel phenomenon: After [ç] and [x], Japanese listeners perceive more often an epenthetic copy vowel than the default vowel [ɯ], whereas after [k] it is the reverse.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1481

Cite as: Guevara-Rukoz, A., Yu, S., Peperkamp, S. (2021) Speech Perception and Loanword Adaptations: The Case of Copy-Vowel Epenthesis. Proc. Interspeech 2021, 4004-4008, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1481

@inproceedings{guevararukoz21_interspeech,
  author={Adriana Guevara-Rukoz and Shi Yu and Sharon Peperkamp},
  title={{Speech Perception and Loanword Adaptations: The Case of Copy-Vowel Epenthesis}},
  year=2021,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2021},
  pages={4004--4008},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1481}
}