Constraints of vowels and consonants on lexical selection: cross-linguistic comparisons.

@article{Cutler2000ConstraintsOV,
  title={Constraints of vowels and consonants on lexical selection: cross-linguistic comparisons.},
  author={Anne Cutler and N{\'u}ria Sebasti{\'a}n-Gall{\'e}s and O Soler-Vilageliu and B van Ooijen},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  year={2000},
  volume={28 5},
  pages={746-55}
}
Languages differ in the constitution of their phonemic repertoire and in the relative distinctiveness of phonemes within the repertoire. In the present study, we asked whether such differences constrain spoken-word recognition, via two word reconstruction experiments, in which listeners turned non-words into real words by changing single sounds. The experiments were carried out in Dutch (which has a relatively balanced vowel-consonant ratio and many similar vowels) and in Spanish (which has… CONTINUE READING

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