The Effect of Vocalic vs. Consonantal Phonetic Structure on Language Segmentability: the Case of Danish

Fabio Trecca, Dorthe Bleses, Morten Hyllekvist Christiansen, Hans Basbøll, Anders Højen, Thomas O. Madsen, Sofie R. Andersen

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    Abstract

    Danish-learning children are slower in the acquisition of receptive vocabulary than children in a range of other language groups. We have hypothesized that the phonetic structure of Danish, rich in vocoids and long vocalic stretches, might reduce the segmentability of the language and impede the acquisition
    process (Bleses et al. 2008). As a first step, we investigated whether adults with different native languages are equally able to extract “words” from strings of concatenated CV-syllables in two conditions: 1) C is a contoid (plosive), and 2) C is a vocoid (semivowel). We found no effects of native language or CV-condition on the subjects’ ability to distinguish words from foils. However, Danish speakers are faster than Norwegians and Americans at recognizing words from an artificial language.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date14. Jul 2014
    Publication statusPublished - 14. Jul 2014
    EventInternational Congress for the Study of Child Language - University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: 14. Jul 201418. Jul 2014
    Conference number: 13

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Congress for the Study of Child Language
    Number13
    LocationUniversity of Amsterdam
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    CityAmsterdam
    Period14/07/201418/07/2014

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