ERIC Number: EJ1128573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Probabilistic Phonotactics as a Cue for Recognizing Spoken Cantonese Words in Speech
Yip, Michael C. W.
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v46 n1 p201-210 Feb 2017
Previous experimental psycholinguistic studies suggested that the probabilistic phonotactics information might likely to hint the locations of word boundaries in continuous speech and hence posed an interesting solution to the empirical question on how we recognize/segment individual spoken word in speech. We investigated this issue by using Cantonese language as a testing case in the present study. A word-spotting task was used in which listeners were instructed to spot any Cantonese word from a series of nonsense sound sequences. We found that it was easier for the native Cantonese listeners to spot the target word in the nonsense sound sequences with high transitional probability phoneme combinations than those with low transitional probability phoneme combinations. These results concluded that native Cantonese listeners did make use of the transitional probability information to recognize the spoken word in speech.
Descriptors: Sino Tibetan Languages, Psycholinguistics, Word Recognition, Auditory Stimuli, Probability, Phonemes, Native Speakers, Listening Comprehension, Speech Communication
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