ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010

ERP correlates of focus accentuation in Dutch

Diana V. Dimitrova, Laurie A. Stowe, Gisela Redeker, John C. J. Hoeks

The present ERP study investigated the on-line interaction of prosody and information structure in Dutch. More specifically, we looked into how pitch accents, which are either congruous or incongruous with respect to the discourse context, are processed. Our results show that listeners process prosodic information immediately and check it for congruity within the discourse. Inappropriate prosody elicited right lateralized centro-parietal negativity (N400) and a late positivity (P600) for superfluous accents on background elements. In contrast, missing accents on focused elements triggered a late positive effect (P600). We suggest that although unexpected accents are identified faster than unexpected missing accents, both types of prosodic mismatch are re-interpreted and integrated in the discourse.

Cite as: Dimitrova, D.V., Stowe, L.A., Redeker, G., Hoeks, J.C.J. (2010) ERP correlates of focus accentuation in Dutch. Proc. Speech Prosody 2010, paper 873

  author={Diana V. Dimitrova and Laurie A. Stowe and Gisela Redeker and John C. J. Hoeks},
  title={{ERP correlates of focus accentuation in Dutch}},
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2010},
  pages={paper 873}