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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Japanese Speech Errors: Normal vs. Pathological

Haruko Miyakoda

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan

The purpose of this study is to collect and analyze the phonological errors observed in both normal and pathological Japanese speech. Our findings have been tested against major claims on speech errors presented in the literature. These include the following: (1) consonants are involved more in errors compared to vowels (2) transposition errors are observed more often in Japanese compared to other languages (3) the feature [place] is involved the most, with [coronal] having a special status in speech errors (4) the asymmetry observed in substitution errors seem to partially support the markedness model (5) palatalization (resulting in a 'marked' segment) occurred often in Japanese speech errors.

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Bibliographic reference.  Miyakoda, Haruko (2003): "Japanese speech errors: normal vs. pathological", In ICPhS-15, 3261-3264.