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The Phonetics and Phonology of Geminate Consonants$
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Haruo Kubozono

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198754930

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198754930.001.0001

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Effects of duration and phonological length of the preceding/following segments on perception of the length contrast in Japanese

Effects of duration and phonological length of the preceding/following segments on perception of the length contrast in Japanese

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(p.85) 4 Effects of duration and phonological length of the preceding/following segments on perception of the length contrast in Japanese
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The Phonetics and Phonology of Geminate Consonants
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Hajime Takeyasu

Mikio Giriko

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198754930.003.0005

This chapter assesses the influence of preceding vowel duration on the perception of singleton/geminate stops in Japanese. Through a perception experiment, it is shown that the identification of consonant length (singleton/geminate) is affected by both the physical duration and the phonological length of the preceding vowel, the former being an ‘assimilative’ effect and the latter being a ‘contrastive’ effect. The physical duration and the phonological length of the following consonant affect the identification of vowel length (short/long), but the former effect is not observable when the following consonant is perceived as geminate. Results of a production experiment also demonstrate that the effects of preceding vowel duration in speech perception are parallel to the contextual variations in preceding vowel duration in speech production.

Keywords:   speech perception, speech production, Japanese, geminate, duration, phonological length, contrastive effect, assimilative effect

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