In this study, we examined the prosodic realization of recurrent multiword combinations (RMC) in Mandarin spontaneous speech production and asked whether speakers show (a) sensitivity to the junctures created by lexically associated RMCs and (b) signs of RMC holistic processing. Crucially, we investigated to what extent RMC processing is mediated by its structural types and directionality of lexical associations. RMCs were defined based on a large representative corpus, and a subset of these RMCs used in a phone-aligned spoken corpus were identified for the analyses of the relationship between their duration and post-sequence pauses on one end and their distributional statistics and structural types on the other. Distributional statistics included frequency and directional lexical associations, using delta P. The results demonstrate speakers’ strong sensitivity to multiword distributional statistics and clear signs of RMC holistic processing. Utilizing multiword combinations of strong lexical associations in different directions may reflect speakers’ various needs and strategies in the process of conceptual planning in production.
|Effective start/end date||2018/08/01 → 2019/10/31|
- spontaneous speech production; multiword frequency effect; usage-based model; prosody; lexical bundles; delta P
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