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ERIC Number: EJ802621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0211-2159
Stress Placement and Word Segmentation by Spanish Speakers
Toro-Soto, Juan Manuel; Rodriguez-Fornells, Antoni; Sebastian-Galles, Nuria
Psicologica: International Journal of Methodology and Experimental Psychology, v28 n2 p167-176 2007
Several studies have shown that the stress pattern of one's native language is applied to new linguistic stimuli. Regarding the segmentation of artificial synthesized speech, this idea has been supported by experiments with languages where the stress pattern coincides with word boundaries (i.e. English, Finnish and Dutch). In this study, we present data on speech segmentation with native Spanish speakers whose stress pattern would mark the penultimate syllable of words. Results show that to stress the middle syllable of trisyllabic words in an artificial speech stream does not facilitate segmentation as would be predicted. Possible explanations of these results are explored as related to the interaction of statistical and stress cues in speech segmentation. (Contains 1 figure and 1 footnote.)
University of Valencia. Dept. Metodologia, Facultad de Psicologia, Avda. Blasco Ibanez 21, 46010 Valencia, Spain. Tel: +34-96-386-4100; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain