Asymmetric processing of lexical tonal contrast in Swedish


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FELDER, Verena, Elisabet JÖNSSON-STEINER, Carsten EULITZ, Aditi LAHIRI, 2009. Asymmetric processing of lexical tonal contrast in Swedish. In: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. 71(8), pp. 1890-1899. Available under: doi: 10.3758/APP.71.8.1890

@article{Felder2009Asymm-3816, title={Asymmetric processing of lexical tonal contrast in Swedish}, year={2009}, doi={10.3758/APP.71.8.1890}, number={8}, volume={71}, journal={Attention, Perception & Psychophysics}, pages={1890--1899}, author={Felder, Verena and Jönsson-Steiner, Elisabet and Eulitz, Carsten and Lahiri, Aditi} }

Felder, Verena application/pdf Eulitz, Carsten Jönsson-Steiner, Elisabet eng Languages such as Swedish use suprasegmental information such as tone, over and above segments, to mark lexical contrast. Theories differ with respect to the abstractness and specification of tone in the mental lexicon. In a forced choice task, we tested Swedish listeners responses to words with segmentally identical first syllables differing in tonal contours (characterized as Accents 1 and 2). We assumed Accent 1 to be lexically specified for a subset of words and hypothesized that this specification would speed up word accent identification. As was predicted, listeners were fastest in choosing the tonally correct word when the accent was lexically specified. We conclude that the processing of surface tonal contours is governed by their underlying lexical structure with tonal specification. Lahiri, Aditi terms-of-use First publ. in: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics 71 (2009), 8, pp. 1890-1899 Asymmetric processing of lexical tonal contrast in Swedish Lahiri, Aditi 2009 Felder, Verena 2011-03-24T10:06:41Z Jönsson-Steiner, Elisabet Eulitz, Carsten 2011-03-24T10:06:41Z

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