CLS Speaker Series - Clara Cohen (Penn State University) Durational clues to number morphology and word structure: What are they, and when do we hear them?
Durational clues to number morphology and word structure: What are they, and when do we hear them?
In suffixing languages, segmental information about word structure does not arrive until the end of the word, yet from the very beginning of the word, the stems contain subsegmental, durational clues about the presence of following suffixes or additional syllables. A canny listener might therefore do well to draw on those clues during speech perception, in order to make predictions and speed their understanding of what they hear. This talk will discuss ongoing work to determine what sorts of durational cues listeners draw on during online speech perception, and the role of sentence context and language structure in affecting listener sensitivity.