Metrical Segmentation

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  • Metrical segmentation is one of several proposals intended to help explain how listeners are able to segment fluent speech (which does not have reliable word-boundary information) into word forms, allowing word form acquisition in infancy and word form retrieval in view of lexical access in both infancy and adulthood. More specifically, it states that stressed syllables are used as candidates for word onsets. It was originally established for English adults, who were found to use stressed syllables as word onsets in tasks in which they have to retrieve a real word embedded in a pseudo-word. It was found to generalize to German and Dutch adults. This metrical segmentation strategy is appropriate for the processing of these languages, given that most words in these languages ...

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