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Syllables In Speech Processing: Evidence From Perceptual Epenthesis

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This chapter discusses evidence that listeners do parse the speech stream into higher order prosodic groupings during the process of speech perception. It shows that listeners are sensitive to syllabically defined allophonic distributions. The chapter briefly reviews some existing evidence for the mental reality of such higher order prosodic structures in both production and perception. It discusses a few examples of the evidence that language users do use syllables both in production and perception. The chapter follows in the footsteps of earlier research on perceptual epenthesis by showing that listeners perceive illusory vowels in order to arrive at a final percept that is syllabically well-formed. Some of the implications of a speech production model are tested in experiments discussed here. Specifically in this model, prosodic parsing is performed on the acoustic representation.

Keywords: allophonic distributions; language users; listeners; perceptual epenthesis; prosodic parsing; speech processing; syllables



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