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ERIC Number: EJ816559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0364-0213
Interpreting Pitch Accents in Online Comprehension: H* vs. L+H*
Watson, Duane G.; Tanenhaus, Michael K.; Gunlogson, Christine A.
Cognitive Science, v32 n7 p1232-1244 Oct 2008
Although the presence or absence of a pitch accent clearly can play an important role in signaling the discourse and information structure of an utterance, whether the form of an accent determines the type of information it conveys is more controversial. We used an eye-tracking paradigm to investigate whether H*, which has been argued to signal new information, evokes different eye fixations than L+H*, which has been argued to signal the presence of contrast. Our results demonstrate that although listeners interpret these accents differently, their interpretive domains overlap. L+H* creates a strong bias toward contrast referents whereas H* is compatible with both new and contrast referents. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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