Lexical and phonotactic effects on wordlikeness judgments in Cantonese

James Kirby, Alan Yu

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This paper reports the results of a wordlikeness task designed to investigate Cantonese speakers’ gradient phonotactic knowledge of systematic versus accidental phonotactic gaps. Regression analyses found that wordlikeness judgments correlate with token frequency-weighted neighborhood density and transitional (bigram) probability.This is suggested to be an effect of the relative phonological densities of the Cantonese and English lexica.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationICPhS XVI
Place of PublicationSaarbruken
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Phonetics
  • Dutch
  • Phonology
  • statistical modeling


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