ERIC Number: EJ1133162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Syllabic Strategy as Opposed to Coda Optimization in the Segmentation of Spanish Letter-Strings Using Word Spotting
Álvarez, Carlos J.; Taft, Marcus; Hernández-Cabrera, Juan A.
Scientific Studies of Reading, v21 n2 p99-108 2017
A word-spotting task is used in Spanish to test the way in which polysyllabic letter-strings are parsed in this language. Monosyllabic words (e.g., "bar") embedded at the beginning of a pseudoword were immediately followed by either a coda-forming consonant (e.g., "barto") or a vowel (e.g., "baros"). In the former case, the embedded word corresponds to the first spoken syllable, whereas it cuts across the syllable boundary in the latter case. Unlike a previous study in English using the same methodology (Taft & Álvarez, 2014), the embedded word was found to be easier to detect when followed by a consonant than a vowel, at least for low-frequency words. It was concluded that phonological recoding is more important in the parsing of Spanish words than English words, where maximization of the coda dominates instead.
Descriptors: Syllables, Spanish, Word Frequency, Phonology, English, Contrastive Linguistics, Suprasegmentals, Foreign Countries, Native Speakers, Reaction Time, Statistical Analysis, College Students, Task Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Spain