Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Secondary Stress in Brazilian Portuguese: the Interplay between Production and Perception Studies

Pablo Arantes, Plinio A. Barbosa

Speech Prosody Studies Group, State University of Campinas, Brazil

This paper reports experiments on speech production showing that secondary stress in Brazilian Portuguese (BP) can be best described as phrase-initial prominence cued by greater duration and pitch accent excursion in initial position. It also reports a perception experiment in which clicks were associated to consecutive V-to-V positions in stress groups. Mean click detection RTs are gradient, but show no influence of initial lengthening. RTs near the phrasally stressed position are shorter and almost 60% of RT variance can be accounted for by produced timing patterns.

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Bibliographic reference.  Arantes, Pablo / Barbosa, Plinio A. (2006): "Secondary stress in Brazilian Portuguese: the interplay between production and perception studies", In SP-2006, paper 093.