How Does Language Phonotactics Affect Phonological Processing? Essay

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p While many previous studies have focused on the production and/or perception of the epenthesized consonant clusters of non-words either word initially or word finally as a measure to test how language phonotactics affect phonological processing regardless of the speaker’s familiarity with the target language (Davidson 2006, Davidson, 2010, Fleischhacker, 2001, Tily and Kuperman, 2010, Dupoux, 1998) , none have focused on the role that speaker’s experience might play in both perception and production together in relation to the epenthetic vowel word initially and word finally at the same time. These studies fall basically on four basic categories: The production and/or perception of the initial epenthesized consonant clusters ( e.g Silveira, 2000, e.g Broselow 1992; Kiparsky 2003; Watson 2007) and the production and/or perception of the final consonant clusters (Kuijpers and van Donselaar (1997), Awbery 1984, Clements 1986; Ní Chiosáin 1995; Bosch and de Jong 1998). While, superficially, the JA consonant clusters seem to be composed of two consecutive consonants (CC), there is dialectological and phonetic evidence that shows that an additional vowel (an epenthetic vowel) arises in between the consonants, resulting in sequences such as gv r, gv l, cv r, etc. A recent study by Samah Salem tested the production of S+C consonant clusters by 20 highly educated Levant Arabic ( from which JA dialect decends) speakers living in Canada. It showed that participants did not
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