Word recognition in possible word contexts
Word recognition in possible word contexts. In M. Kokkonidis (Ed.
), Proceedings of LingO 2007
(pp. 92-99). Oxford: Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, University of Oxford.
The Possible-Word Constraint (PWC; Norris, McQueen, Cutler, and Butterfield 1997) suggests that segmentation of continuous speech operates with a universal constraint that feasible words should contain a vowel. Single consonants, because they do not constitute syllables, are treated as non-viable residues. Two word-spotting experiments are reported that investigate whether the PWC really is a language-universal principle. According to the PWC, Slovak
listeners should, just like Germans, be slower at spotting words in single consonant contexts (not feasible words) as compared to syllable contexts (feasible words)—even if single consonants can be words in Slovak. The results confirm the PWC in German but not in Slovak.