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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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Bengali geminates

Bengali geminates

Processing and representation

Chapter:
(p.187) 8 Bengali geminates
Source:
The Phonetics and Phonology of Geminate Consonants
Author(s):

Sandra Kotzor

Allison Wetterlin

Aditi Lahiri

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198754930.003.0009

Bengali has a robust medial geminate/singleton contrast across oral stops and nasals in five places of articulation. This chapter presents a synchronic account of the phonological system involving the consonantal length contrast, which supports an asymmetric moraic representation of geminates. Based on these representational assumptions, two EEG and two behavioural experiments were conducted to investigate the processing of this geminate/singleton contrast by Bengali native speakers. The results reveal a processing asymmetry for the duration contrast: the processing of the duration contrast is indeed asymmetric: a geminate mispronunciation is accepted for a singleton real word, while the reverse is not the case. This provides evidence that the lexical representation of the duration contrast must be asymmetric and thus privative rather than equipollent.

Keywords:   phonological system, EEG, geminates, processing asymmetry, lexical representation, Bengali

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