- Asymmetries of consonant sequences in perception and production: affricates vs. /s/ clusters
- 18th International Symposium on Theoretical & Applied linguistics (18 ISTAL)
- Book/source title
- Selected papers from the 18th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics: Thessaloniki, 4-6 May 2007
- Pages (from-to)
- Thessaloniki: Monochromia
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
This paper investigates the behavior of Greek affricates as opposed to other clusters consisting of /s/ + obstruent and obstruent + /s/ sequences. An experimental task testing the perception of /s/ clusters demonstrated a fixed preference for the preservation of affricates over obstruent +/s/ over /s/ + obstruent clusters. Subjects showed a strong tendency to break up consonantal sequences, while they retained affricates intact. This linguistic behavior is attributed to two factors: a) identity of place of articulation of the members of the examined consonantal sequences and b) satisfaction of the scale of consonantal strength in these sequences.
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