Constructing pseudowords for experimental research: Problems and solutions

Anthi Revithiadou, Dimitra Ioannou, Maria Chatzinikolaou, Katerina Aivazoglou

Abstract


We present the methodology for the construction of pseudowords for an experiment that explores the Greek listeners’ perception of nominal stress. Our goal was, first, to construct pseudonouns that sound native enough to the native speakers’ ears and, second, to make the speakers’ ‘familiarity intuition’ measurable. For this purpose, we created a noun-only version of the Clean Corpus/ILSP, named NClean. We also set a number of variables to evaluate the phonotactic familiarity of the constructed pseudonouns relative to the mean phonotactic characteristics of the NClean nouns. Pseudonouns that complied to the selected phonotactic criteria qualified as experimental items.

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Greek stress, phonotactics, pseudowords, experimental research, Clean Corpus

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