14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

The Effect of Orthographic Knowledge on Syllable Segmentation: A Cross-Linguistic Study

Bruce L. Derwing (1), Yeo Bom Yoon (2)

(1) University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
(2) Seoul National University of Education, Korea

Recent psycholinguistic research has revealed a variety of significant intrasyllabic units, illustrating how segments can cohere into higher-order constituents within a syllable. Among these are the rime (for English and perhaps also Chinese), the body (for Korean), and the mora (for Japanese). However, the native speakers tested so far in all four of the language groups mentioned were all well educated, literate, and often even bilingual. Thus they were all exposed to the writing systems of their own and/or their second language, which (for different reasons in each case) might have predisposed them to perform the way they did. In the present research we are testing speakers of these languages who have not been subjected to the influence of L1 spelling. Results to date show no differences between literate and preliterate Korean children, while research continues with other nonliterate speakers and the other languages.

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Bibliographic reference.  Derwing, Bruce L. / Yoon, Yeo Bom (1999): "The effect of orthographic knowledge on syllable segmentation: a cross-linguistic study", In ICPhS-14, 93-96.