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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