9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

The Strength of Stress-Related Lexical Competition Depends on the Presence of First-Syllable Stress

Eva Reinisch, Alexandra Jesse, James M. McQueen

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

Dutch listeners' looks to printed words were tracked while they listened to instructions to click on one of them. When presented with targets from word pairs where the first two syllables were segmentally identical but differed in stress location, listeners used stress information to recognize the target before segmental information disambiguated the words. Furthermore, the amount of lexical competition was influenced by the presence or absence of word-initial stress.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Reinisch, Eva / Jesse, Alexandra / McQueen, James M. (2008): "The strength of stress-related lexical competition depends on the presence of first-syllable stress", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1954.