9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

English Word Stress as Produced by English and Dutch Speakers: The Role of Segmental and Suprasegmental Differences

Bettina Braun (1), Kristin Lemhofer (2), Anne Cutler (1)

(1) Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands; (2) Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands

It has been claimed that Dutch listeners use suprasegmental cues (duration, spectral tilt) more than English listeners in distinguishing English word stress. We tested whether this asymmetry also holds in production, comparing the realization of English word stress by native English speakers and Dutch speakers. Results confirmed that English speakers centralize unstressed vowels more, while Dutch speakers of English make more use of suprasegmental differences.

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Bibliographic reference.  Braun, Bettina / Lemhofer, Kristin / Cutler, Anne (2008): "English word stress as produced by English and dutch speakers: the role of segmental and suprasegmental differences", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1953.