ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2016
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2016

Rhythmic grouping in English, Greek and Korean: Testing the iambic-trochaic law

Hae-Sung Jeon, Amalia Arvaniti

The iambic-trochaic law (ITL) states that a louder sound signals the beginning of a group, while a longer sound signals its end. Although the ITL has been empirically supported in experiments with a variety of stimuli, it is not clear whether it is due to universal cognitive mechanisms or the outcome of language-specific prosodic properties. We tested the law with speakers of English, Greek and Korean who heard sequences of tones varied in duration and/or intensity. The results revealed neither significant differences among languages nor a strong bias shared by speakers of all languages. Significantly, listenersÂ’ grouping preferences were influenced by the duration of the inter-stimulus interval (ISI), with longer ISI resulting in stronger trochaic preferences, indicating that specific experimental conditions may be responsible for differences in listener responses across experiments testing the ITL.


doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-233

Cite as: Jeon, H.-S., Arvaniti, A. (2016) Rhythmic grouping in English, Greek and Korean: Testing the iambic-trochaic law. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, 1134-1138, doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-233

@inproceedings{jeon16_speechprosody,
  author={Hae-Sung Jeon and Amalia Arvaniti},
  title={{Rhythmic grouping in English, Greek and Korean: Testing the iambic-trochaic law}},
  year=2016,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2016},
  pages={1134--1138},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-233}
}