Jun 22 – 24, 2017
SISSA Main Campus
Europe/Rome timezone

Morphological effects on pronunciation in German

Jun 22, 2017, 2:00 PM
20m
Lecture Hall Paolo Budinich (SISSA Main Campus)

Lecture Hall Paolo Budinich

SISSA Main Campus

via Bonomea 265, 34136, Trieste
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Speaker

Betty Mousikou (Reading Education and Development, Max Planck Institute for Human Development)

Description

The morphological complexity of a word is thought to affect the time taken to prepare a verbal response. However, whether it also affects its pronunciation is currently under debate. In the present study, we investigated this issue in German using a reading aloud task. Sixty skilled adult readers read aloud 80 nonwords, comprising 40 morphologically-complex nonwords (e.g., HUNDUNG, where “Hund” is a stem, meaning “dog”, and “ung” is a suffix) and 40 paired non-morphological nonwords (e.g., HUNDAT, where “Hund” is a stem but “at” is not a suffix). The acoustic durations of the stems in the two experimental conditions were measured and statistically compared. Stems of morphologically-complex nonwords were realized acoustically with shorter durations than the same stems of their non-morphological counterpart nonwords. Our results suggest that a word’s morphological structure likely influences its pronunciation, thus posing a challenge to traditional theories of speech production, which postulate that phonetic processing does not have access to morphological information.

Primary author

Betty Mousikou (Reading Education and Development, Max Planck Institute for Human Development)

Co-authors

Sascha Schroeder (Reading Education and Development, Max Planck Institute for Human Development) Tanja Bäumel (Reading Education and Development, Max Planck Institute for Human Development)

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