The comprehension of acoustically reduced morphologically complex words: The roles of deletion, duration, and frequency of occurence
Ernestus, M., & Baayen, R. H.
The comprehension of acoustically reduced morphologically complex words: The roles of deletion, duration, and frequency of occurence. In J. Trouvain, & W. J. Barry (Eds.
), Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhs 2007)
(pp. 773-776). Dudweiler: Pirrot.
This study addresses the roles of segment deletion,
durational reduction, and frequency of use in the
comprehension of morphologically complex words.
We report two auditory lexical decision experiments
with reduced and unreduced prefixed Dutch words.
We found that segment deletions as such delayed
comprehension. Simultaneously, however, longer
durations of the different parts of the words appeared
to increase lexical competition, either from
the word’s stem (Experiment 1) or from the word’s
morphological continuation forms (Experiment 2).
Increased lexical competition slowed down especially
the comprehension of low frequency words,
which shows that speakers do not try to meet listeners’
needs when they reduce especially high frequency
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