Rendaku (Japanese sequential voicing) as rule application

An ERP study

Yuki Kobayashi, Yoko Sugioka, Takane Ito

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Abstract

Japanese sequential voicing (rendaku) is a process of voicing the initial obstruent of the second member of a compound word in Japanese (e.g. hon 'book'+tana 'shelf'→hon-dana). We conducted an event-related potential measurement experiment to investigate whether rendaku is a regular process of rule application or an analogical process based on lexical memory. When rendaku was applied wrongly to words lexically specified to resist rendaku, a left anterior negativity component, followed by a P600 was observed, whereas applying rendaku against a phonological constraint known as Lyman's law elicited a P600 component alone. Failure of rendaku application where it should apply yielded an N400. These results suggest that rendaku is a process involving rule application. NeuroReport 25:1296-1301

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1296-1301
Number of pages6
JournalNeuroReport
Volume25
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 12

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Keywords

  • Japanese compounds
  • Lan
  • Lexical memory
  • N400
  • Rendaku voicing
  • Rule application

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In: NeuroReport, Vol. 25, No. 16, 12.11.2014, p. 1296-1301.

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Kobayashi, Yuki ; Sugioka, Yoko ; Ito, Takane. / Rendaku (Japanese sequential voicing) as rule application : An ERP study. In: NeuroReport. 2014 ; Vol. 25, No. 16. pp. 1296-1301.
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