Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

The role of the Acoustic Correlates of Stress in the Perception of Spanish Accentual Contrasts by French Speakers

Sandra Schwab (1), Joaquim Llisterri (2)

(1) École de Langue et de Civilisation Françaises, Université de Genève, Switzerland
(2) Departament de Filologia Espanyola, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

The aim of this research is to examine the role of the acoustic correlates of lexical stress in the integration of accentual information in French speakers. A shape/pseudoword matching task is used, as it implies not only a low-level acoustic processing, but also a lexical processing. Results show, on the one hand, an influence of the accentual pattern in the perception of stress; on the other, they suggest that French speakers' accentual representations seem to be more rigid than the native Spanish ones.

Index Terms: stress deafness, lexical stress contrasts, acoustic correlates, French, Spanish L2.

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Bibliographic reference.  Schwab, Sandra / Llisterri, Joaquim (2012): "The role of the acoustic correlates of stress in the perception of Spanish accentual contrasts by French speakers", In SP-2012, 350-353.