Monitoring metrical stress in polysyllabic words

N.O. Schiller, B.M. Jansma-Schmitt, J.C. Peters, W.J.M. Levelt

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Abstract

This study investigated the monitoring of metrical stress information in internally generated speech. In Experiment 1, Dutch participants were asked to judge whether bisyllabic picture names had initial or final stress. Results showed significantly faster decision times for initially stressed targets (e.g., KAno "canoe") than for targets with final stress (e.g., kaNON "cannon"; capital letters indicate stressed syllables). It was demonstrated that monitoring latencies are not a function of the picture naming or object recognition latencies to the same pictures. Experiments 2 and 3 replicated the outcome of the first experiment with trisyllabic picture names. These results are similar to the findings of Wheeldon and Levelt (1995) in a segment monitoring task. The outcome might be interpreted to demonstrate that phonological encoding in speech production is a rightward incremental process. Alternatively, the data might reflect the sequential nature of a perceptual mechanism used to monitor lexical stress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-140
JournalLanguage and Cognitive Processes
Volume21
Issue number1/2/3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006

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