Now you hear it, now you don't: vowel devoicing in Japanese infant-directed speech.

  title={Now you hear it, now you don't: vowel devoicing in Japanese infant-directed speech.},
  author={Laurel Fais and Sachiyo Kajikawa and Shigeaki Amano and Janet F. Werker},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  volume={37 2},
In this work, we examine a context in which a conflict arises between two roles that infant-directed speech (IDS) plays: making language structure salient and modeling the adult form of a language. Vowel devoicing in fluent adult Japanese creates violations of the canonical Japanese consonant-vowel word structure pattern by systematically devoicing particular vowels, yielding surface consonant clusters. We measured vowel devoicing rates in a corpus of infant- and adult-directed Japanese speech… CONTINUE READING

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