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