15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Introduction to the Symposium on the Role of the Word, Foot, and Syllable in Speech Production and Perception: The Role of the Syllable in Speech Production

Alice Turk

University of Edinburgh, UK

This paper introduces word-sized and smaller constituents that are proposed to play a role in speech production and perception: The Prosodic Word, Foot, Syllable, and Mora, and examines the role of the syllable in speech production in some detail. Nine possible roles for the syllable are discussed, along with supporting evidence. Although support for the general influence of the syllable on speech production is clear, it is not the case that all nine roles are supported unequivocally, nor is it clear to what extent the syllable plays similar roles in all languages of the world.

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Bibliographic reference.  Turk, Alice (2003): "Introduction to the symposium on the role of the word, foot, and syllable in speech production and perception: the role of the syllable in speech production", In ICPhS-15, 147-150.