Rhythmic grouping in English, Greek and Korean: Testing the iambic-trochaic law

Hae-Sung Jeon, Amalia Arvaniti


The iambic-trochaic law (ITL) states that a louder sound signals the beginning of a group, while a longer sound signals its end. Although the ITL has been empirically supported in experiments with a variety of stimuli, it is not clear whether it is due to universal cognitive mechanisms or the outcome of language-specific prosodic properties. We tested the law with speakers of English, Greek and Korean who heard sequences of tones varied in duration and/or intensity. The results revealed neither significant differences among languages nor a strong bias shared by speakers of all languages. Significantly, listenersÂ’ grouping preferences were influenced by the duration of the inter-stimulus interval (ISI), with longer ISI resulting in stronger trochaic preferences, indicating that specific experimental conditions may be responsible for differences in listener responses across experiments testing the ITL.


DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-233

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Jeon, H., Arvaniti, A. (2016) Rhythmic grouping in English, Greek and Korean: Testing the iambic-trochaic law. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, 1134-1138.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Jeon+2016,
author={Hae-Sung Jeon and Amalia Arvaniti},
title={Rhythmic grouping in English, Greek and Korean: Testing the iambic-trochaic law},
year=2016,
booktitle={Speech Prosody 2016},
doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-233},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-233},
pages={1134--1138}
}