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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Effects of Stress, Final Segments, and Vowel Quality on Syllable Counts: A Case Study of Koreans' Syllable Counts of Bisyllabic English Words

Byung-jin Lim

Indiana University, USA

The current study examines in detail effects of stress, final segments, and vowel-quality on syllable counts of bisyllabic English words by Koreans. Proportionally more words are judged as bisyllabic when words have a stress on the first syllable than when words have a stress on the second syllable. In addition, word-final stops often induce a vowel insertion at the end of words resulting in increase of syllable counts while sonorous final segments such as nasals and liquids tend not to.
   Finally, compared to lax or tense vowels, word-final diphthongs tend to be counted as two separate vowels by Korean speakers.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lim, Byung-jin (2003): "Effects of stress, final segments, and vowel quality on syllable counts: a case study of Koreans' syllable counts of bisyllabic English words", In ICPhS-15, 1501-1504.