Perceiving unstressed vowels in foreign-accented English

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BRAUN, Bettina, Kristin LEMHÖFER, Nivedita MANI, 2011. Perceiving unstressed vowels in foreign-accented English. In: The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 129(1), pp. 376-387. ISSN 0001-4966. eISSN 1520-8524. Available under: doi: 10.1121/1.3500688

@article{Braun2011Perce-29985, title={Perceiving unstressed vowels in foreign-accented English}, year={2011}, doi={10.1121/1.3500688}, number={1}, volume={129}, issn={0001-4966}, journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America}, pages={376--387}, author={Braun, Bettina and Lemhöfer, Kristin and Mani, Nivedita} }

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