Listeners' sensitivity to consonant variation within words

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In a previous study (van de Weijer 2003), it was shown that it is a relatively
uncommon pattern to find two IC within the same monomorphemic word.
The main purpose of the present study was to establish whether listeners have
implicit knowledge of this aspect of phonological word structure. A lexical
decision experiment was carried out in which subjects listened to nonsense
words and real words in which the presence of IC was systematically varied.
The results revealed an asymmetrical pattern for the real words and the
nonsense words, as was evidenced by a significant interaction of lexical status and the presence of IC. Real words without IC were recognized faster than real words with IC, whereas nonsense words without IC were rejected more slowly than nonsense words with IC. The pattern was the same for the
monosyllabic and the disyllabic items, but the differences were somewhat
clearer for the monosyllabic items than for the disyllabic items.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-238
JournalWorking Papers (Lund University, Department of Linguistics)
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • word recognition
  • phonological structure

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