Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

The Role of Linguistic Stress in the Time Course of Word Recognition in Stress-Accent Languages

Willy Jongenburger, Vincent J. van Heuven

Dept. Linguistics/Phonetics Laboratory, Leiden University Holland Institute of Generative Linguistics, The Netherlands

In stress-accent languages minimal stress pairs occur, i.e. identical segment sequences that are lexically distinct only by virtue of a difference in stress position. In these languages stress information might contribute to the human word recognition process. In this study we investigate the exact locus of stress effects in the human on-line word recognition process by means of a cross-modal priming study. The results are inconclusive.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jongenburger, Willy / Heuven, Vincent J. van (1995): "The role of linguistic stress in the time course of word recognition in stress-accent languages", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 1695-1698.