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

Beckman, Mary; Shoji, Atsuko

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  "description": "<p>We examined devoiced /si/&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.</p>\n\n<p>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.</p>\n\n<p>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.</p>", 
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      "affiliation": "Cornell University", 
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      "name": "Beckman, Mary"
      "affiliation": "Cornell University", 
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      "name": "Shoji, Atsuko"
  "headline": "Perception of devoiced /sil/ and /syu/ in Japanese: The \"segment\" reconsidered", 
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  "datePublished": "1983-12-12", 
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  "name": "Perception of devoiced /sil/ and /syu/ in Japanese: The \"segment\" reconsidered"
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