Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
October 16-20, 2000
Stress and Lexical Activation in Dutch
Anne Cutler, Mariėtte Koster
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Dutch listeners were slower to make judgements about the
semantic relatedness between a spoken target word (e.g. atLEET,
'athlete') and a previously presented visual prime word (e.g.
SPORT 'sport') when the spoken word was mis-stressed. The
adverse effect of mis-stressing confirms the role of stress
information in lexical recognition in Dutch. However, although
the erroneous stress pattern was always initially compatible with
a competing word (e.g. ATlas, 'atlas'), mis-stressed words did
not produced high false alarm rates in unrelated pairs (e.g.
SPORT - atLAS). This suggests that stress information did not
completely rule out segmentally matching but suprasegmentally
mismatching words, a finding consistent with spoken-word
recognition models involving multiple activation and inter-word
Cutler, Anne / Koster, Mariėtte (2000):
"Stress and lexical activation in dutch",
In ICSLP-2000, vol.1, 593-596.