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ERIC Number: EJ845371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8309
Perception of Place and Secondary Articulation Contrasts in Different Syllable Positions: Language-Particular and Language-Independent Asymmetries
Kochetov, Alexei
Language and Speech, v47 n4 p351-382 2004
This study investigated the perception of place and secondary articulation contrasts in different syllable positions by Russian and Japanese listeners. The consonants involved in the study were the Russian plain (velarized) and palatalized labial and coronal voiceless stops in syllable-initial and syllable-final positions at word boundaries. The findings revealed substantial asymmetries in the perception of the contrasts by both groups of listeners: With respect to positions, consonants in syllable-final position were characterized by lower correct identification rates and (less consistently) longer reaction time than the same consonants in syllable-initial position. Positional differences were accompanied by differences in segment-specific contexts. With respect to individual consonants, the palatalized labial /p[superscript j]/ and the plain coronal /t/ showed a lower correct identification rate and smaller perceptual distance than the plain labial /p/ and the palatalized coronal /t[superscript j]/. The results also showed some differences between Russian and Japanese listeners in the perception of the contrast. These differences can be explained by phonotactic differences between the two languages, as well as by differences in the phonetic realizations of the consonants. The results of the study provide evidence for the role of both universal and language-particular factors in speech perception. (Contains 11 tables, 2 figures and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada