Speech Prosody 2008

Campinas, Brazil
May 6-9, 2008

The Effect of Global Rhythms on Local Accent Perceptions in German

Oliver Niebuhr

Laboratoire Parole & Langage, Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France

Accent perception is only partly due to local phonetic cues. Moreover, global phonetic patterns as well as signal-external top-down knowledge play an important role. The presented experiment continues this line of research and provides evidence for German that the perceived local accent position is affected by a global factor which is central for speech, but which has not been addressed so far: the rhythmic pattern.

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Bibliographic reference.  Niebuhr, Oliver (2008): "The effect of global rhythms on local accent perceptions in German", In SP-2008, 331-334.