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Clicks and the idea of a human protolanguage
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics. Fonetik.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4065-7309
2003 (English)In: Fonetik 2003: PHONUM 9, 2003, 1-4 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In an earlier experiment, the effect of the speech rate of a short preceding or following context was manipulated in addition to the duration of a V, C or VC-sequence that carried a quantity distinction in Estonian words. In order to see to what extent and in which sense the observed perceptual effects are language dependent, the same stimuli were presented to Finns and a subset to Norwegians, representing languages with a different or smaller functional load of quantity distinctions. The results obtained with Estonian and Finnish listeners are compatible with a model of speech perception in which variations in speaking rate are reflected in the pace of an "inner clock" by which listeners measure segment durations. More ‘absolute’ and narrow scoped results obtained with Norwegians are compatible with such a model only if the inner clocks of listeners with a less demanding linguistic background are assumed to resist such influence to a higher degree.

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2003. 1-4 p.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-22246OAI: diva2:188773
Fonetik 2003
Available from: 2007-12-26 Created: 2007-12-26 Last updated: 2014-05-26

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