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  Vowel harmony and speech segmentation in Finnish

Suomi, K., McQueen, J. M., & Cutler, A. (1997). Vowel harmony and speech segmentation in Finnish. Journal of Memory and Language, 36, 422-444. doi:10.1006/jmla.1996.2495.

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Suomi, Kari1, Author
McQueen, James M.2, Author           
Cutler, Anne2, Author           
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1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Language Comprehension Group, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, ou_55203              

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 Abstract: Finnish vowel harmony rules require that if the vowel in the first syllable of a word belongs to one of two vowel sets, then all subsequent vowels in that word must belong either to the same set or to a neutral set. A harmony mismatch between two syllables containing vowels from the opposing sets thus signals a likely word boundary. We report five experiments showing that Finnish listeners can exploit this information in an on-line speech segmentation task. Listeners found it easier to detect words likehymyat the end of the nonsense stringpuhymy(where there is a harmony mismatch between the first two syllables) than in the stringpyhymy(where there is no mismatch). There was no such effect, however, when the target words appeared at the beginning of the nonsense string (e.g.,hymypuvshymypy). Stronger harmony effects were found for targets containing front harmony vowels (e.g.,hymy) than for targets containing back harmony vowels (e.g.,paloinkypaloandkupalo). The same pattern of results appeared whether target position within the string was predictable or unpredictable. Harmony mismatch thus appears to provide a useful segmentation cue for the detection of word onsets in Finnish speech.

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 Dates: 1997
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1006/jmla.1996.2495
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Title: Journal of Memory and Language
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 36 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 422 - 444 Identifier: Other: 954928495417
ISSN: 0749-596X