Greater sensitivity to prosodic goodness in non-native than in native listeners
SourceThe Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125, 6, (2009), pp. 3522-3525
Article / Letter to editor
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SW OZ DCC CO
Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
SW OZ NICI CO
F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
SubjectDI-BCB_DCC_Theme 1: Language and Communication; Psycholinguistics
English listeners largely disregard suprasegmental cues to stress in recognizing words. Evidence for this includes the demonstration of Fear et al. [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 97, 1893-1904 (1995)) that cross-splicings are tolerated between stressed and unstressed full vowels (e.g., au- of autumn, automata). Dutch listeners, however, do exploit suprasegmental stress cues in recognizing native-language words. In this study, Dutch listeners were presented with English materials from the study of Fear et al. Acceptability ratings by these listeners revealed sensitivity to suprasegmental mismatch, in particular, in replacements of unstressed full vowels by higher-stressed vowels, thus evincing greater sensitivity to prosodic goodness than had been shown by the original native listener group.
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