Syllabic lengthening as a word boundary cue
Syllabic lengthening as a word boundary cue. In R. Seidl (Ed.
), Proceedings of the 3rd Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
(pp. 324-328). Canberra: Australian Speech Science and Technology Association.
Bisyllabic sequences which could be interpreted as one word or two were produced in sentence contexts by a trained speaker, and syllabic durations measured. Listeners judged whether the bisyllables, excised from context, were one word or two. The proportion of two-word choices correlated positively with measured duration, but only for bisyllables stressed on the second syllable. The results may suggest a limit for listener sensitivity to syllabic lengthening as a word boundary cue.