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Perception of devoiced /sil/ and /syu/ in Japanese: The "segment" reconsidered

Beckman, Mary; Shoji, Atsuko


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      <creatorName>Beckman, Mary</creatorName>
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      <affiliation>Cornell University</affiliation>
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    <title>Perception of devoiced /sil/ and /syu/ in Japanese: The "segment" reconsidered</title>
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  <publicationYear>1983</publicationYear>
  <dates>
    <date dateType="Issued">1983-12-12</date>
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  <language>en</language>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;We examined devoiced /si/&amp;nbsp;and /syu/ syllables in Japanese to see if their spectral and perceptual characteristic s conform to traditional accounts of speech production as a motor translation of discrete, static segments. Measurements of the lowest-frequency spectral prominences in the syllabic [J] of these syllables showed a spectral coloring of the fricative by the deleted vowel segment similar to fricative-vowel coarticulation in other languages.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;Perception tests showed that Japanese listeners can use this spectral coloring as a cue to the identity of the underlying vowel, although identification was substantially less than perfect, varying with the strength of the spectral coloring.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;These results suggest that a supposedly lower-level motor interaction between the fricative and the vowel can occur before a higher-level process deletes the vowel, contradicting the order implied by traditional accounts.&lt;/p&gt;</description>
    <description descriptionType="Other">This paper is copyrighted, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) - see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/</description>
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