ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Contrastive utterances make alternatives salient - cross-modal priming evidence

Bettina Braun, Lara Tagliapietra, Anne Cutler

Sentences with contrastive intonation are assumed to presuppose contextual alternatives to the accented elements. Two cross-modal priming experiments tested in Dutch whether such contextual alternatives are automatically available to listeners. Contrastive associates - but not non-contrastive associates - were facilitated only when primes were produced in sentences with contrastive intonation, indicating that contrastive intonation makes unmentioned contextual alternatives immediately available. Possibly, contrastive contours trigger a "presupposition resolution mechanism" by which these alternatives become salient.


Cite as: Braun, B., Tagliapietra, L., Cutler, A. (2008) Contrastive utterances make alternatives salient - cross-modal priming evidence. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 69

@inproceedings{braun08_interspeech,
  author={Bettina Braun and Lara Tagliapietra and Anne Cutler},
  title={{Contrastive utterances make alternatives salient - cross-modal priming evidence}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},
  pages={69}
}