Speech segmentation

Sven Mattys, Heather Bortfeld

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Speech segmentation refers to the challenge for language users and learners to isolate words from fluent speech. This chapter compares the effectiveness of lexically-driven segmentation with segmental, sub-segmental, and suprasegmental heuristic cues. The relative contribution of the two types of information is examined in the mature system, the developing system, in common adverse conditions, and in special populations. We propose that speech segmentation is intrinsically lexically-driven regardless of language, age, or listening condition. However, non-lexical cues are consulted in a predictable fashion whenever access to lexical information is limited.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpeech Perception and Spoken Word Recognition
EditorsGareth Gaskell, Jelena Mirkovic
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2015

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