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Catalan speakers’ perception of word stress in unaccented contexts

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dc.contributor.author Ortega-Llebaria, Marta
dc.contributor.author Vanrell, Maria del Mar
dc.contributor.author Prieto Vives, Pilar, 1965-
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-31T12:52:15Z
dc.date.available 2016-08-31T12:52:15Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Ortega-Llebaria M, Vanrell MM, Prieto P. Catalan speakers’ perception of word stress in unaccented contexts. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2010 Jan; 127(1): 462–71. DOI: 10.1121/1.3268506
dc.identifier.issn 0001-4966
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/27269
dc.description.abstract In unaccented contexts, formant frequency differences related to vowel reduction constitute a consistent cue to word stress in English, whereas in languages such as Spanish that have no systematic vowel reduction, stress perception is based on duration and intensity cues. This article examines the perception of word stress by speakers of Central Catalan, in which, due to its vowel reduction patterns, words either alternate stressed open vowels with unstressed mid-central vowels as in English or contain no vowel quality cues to stress, as in Spanish. Results show that Catalan listeners perceive stress based mainly on duration cues in both word types. Other cues pattern together with duration to make stress perception more robust. However, no single cue is absolutely necessary and trading effects compensate for a lack of differentiation in one dimension by changes in another dimension. In particular, speakers identify longer mid-central vowels as more stressed than shorter open vowels. These results and those obtained in other stress-accent languages provide cumulative evidence that word stress is perceived independently of pitch accents by relying on a set of cues with trading effects so that no single cue, including formant frequency differences related to vowel reduction, is absolutely necessary for stress perception.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was funded by grants from the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia-FEDER HUM2006-01758/PHYLLO and by a URAP grant from the College of Liberal Arts, UT-Austin.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher American Institute of Physics (AIP)
dc.relation.ispartof The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 2010 Jan; 127(1): 462–71
dc.rights © American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Ortega-Llebaria M, Vanrell MM, Prieto P. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 1, 2010 and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3268506.
dc.title Catalan speakers’ perception of word stress in unaccented contexts
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3268506
dc.subject.keyword Phonetic segments
dc.subject.keyword Speech analysis
dc.subject.keyword Contrast sensitivity
dc.subject.keyword Pitch
dc.subject.keyword Speech
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PN/HUM2006-01758
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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