Quasi-neutralization of stress contrasts in Spanish. Torreira, F.; Simonet, M.; and Hualde, J. I. In Speech Prosody 2014. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody, pages 197-201, Dublin, Ireland. May 20-23, 2014.
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We investigate the realization and discrimination of lexical stress contrasts in pitch-unaccented words in phrase-medial position in Spanish, a context in which intonational pitch accents are frequently absent. Results from production and perception experiments show that in this context durational and intensity cues to stress are produced by speakers and used by listeners above chance level. However, due to substantial amounts of phonetic overlap between stress categories in production, and of numerous errors in the identification of stress categories in perception, we suggest that, in the absence of intonational cues, Spanish speakers engaged in online language use must rely on contextual information in order to distinguish stress contrasts.
@inproceedings{torreira_quasi-neutralization_2014,
	Address = {Dublin, Ireland. May 20-23, 2014},
	Author = {Torreira, Francisco and Simonet, Miquel and Hualde, José Ignacio},
	Booktitle = {Speech Prosody 2014. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody},
	Date = {2014},
	Date-Modified = {2017-04-10 08:54:32 +0000},
	Keywords = {acoustic phonetics, lexical stress, phonetics, phonology, Spanish, speech perception},
	Pages = {197-201},
	Rating = {0},
	Title = {Quasi-neutralization of stress contrasts in Spanish},
	Abstract = {We investigate the realization and discrimination of lexical stress contrasts in pitch-unaccented words in phrase-medial position in Spanish, a context in which intonational pitch accents are frequently absent. Results from production and perception experiments show that in this context durational and intensity cues to stress are produced by speakers and used by listeners above chance level. However, due to substantial amounts of phonetic overlap between stress categories in production, and of numerous errors in the identification of stress categories in perception, we suggest that, in the absence of intonational cues, Spanish speakers engaged in online language use must rely on contextual information in order to distinguish stress contrasts.},
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