Quasi-neutralization of stress contrasts in Spanish

Francisco Torreira, Miguel - Simonet, José I. Hualde

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody
PublisherInternational Speech Communications Association
Pages197-201
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2014
Event7th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2014 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: May 20 2014May 23 2014

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Other7th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2014
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period5/20/145/23/14

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Keywords

  • Lexical stress
  • Phonological neutralization
  • Spanish
  • Stress cues

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Torreira, F., Simonet, M. ., & Hualde, J. I. (2014). Quasi-neutralization of stress contrasts in Spanish. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody (pp. 197-201). International Speech Communications Association.

Quasi-neutralization of stress contrasts in Spanish. / Torreira, Francisco; Simonet, Miguel -; Hualde, José I.

Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody. International Speech Communications Association, 2014. p. 197-201.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Torreira, F, Simonet, M & Hualde, JI 2014, Quasi-neutralization of stress contrasts in Spanish. in Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody. International Speech Communications Association, pp. 197-201, 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2014, Dublin, Ireland, 5/20/14.
Torreira F, Simonet M, Hualde JI. Quasi-neutralization of stress contrasts in Spanish. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody. International Speech Communications Association. 2014. p. 197-201
Torreira, Francisco ; Simonet, Miguel - ; Hualde, José I. / Quasi-neutralization of stress contrasts in Spanish. Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody. International Speech Communications Association, 2014. pp. 197-201
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