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Processing Swedish Word Accents - evidence from response and reaction times

Söderström, Pelle LU (2012) SPVR01 20112
General Linguistics
Master's Programme: Language and Linguistics
Abstract
The effects of Central Swedish word accents on morphological and semantic processing were investigated. It was found that Accent 2-inducing suffixes preceded by an Accent 1 tone were more difficult to process compared to Accent 1-inducing suffixes preceded by Accent 2. This effect was relatively task-independent, i.e. found both when participants judged the tense or number of the word and when they simply listened to the word and pushed a button at word offset. The effect was absent when de-lexicalised stimuli that lacked lexical information were presented. This suggests that there is a stronger association in the mental lexicon between suffixes and Accent 2 compared to Accent 1. Also, correct Accent 2 words took longer to process compared... (More)
The effects of Central Swedish word accents on morphological and semantic processing were investigated. It was found that Accent 2-inducing suffixes preceded by an Accent 1 tone were more difficult to process compared to Accent 1-inducing suffixes preceded by Accent 2. This effect was relatively task-independent, i.e. found both when participants judged the tense or number of the word and when they simply listened to the word and pushed a button at word offset. The effect was absent when de-lexicalised stimuli that lacked lexical information were presented. This suggests that there is a stronger association in the mental lexicon between suffixes and Accent 2 compared to Accent 1. Also, correct Accent 2 words took longer to process compared to correct Accent 1 words. It was suggested that this is due to the extra lexical information that is activated upon hearing the Accent 2 tone. When e.g. a suffix is heard, the competing lexical candidates need to be de-activated. In addition, correlation analyses showed that shorter auditory stimuli elicit longer response and reaction times. This will have important implications for improving future response/reaction time experiments. (Less)
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Söderström, Pelle LU
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SPVR01 20112
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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word accents, swedish, accent 2, language processing, speech processing
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English
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2438486
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  abstract     = {The effects of Central Swedish word accents on morphological and semantic processing were investigated. It was found that Accent 2-inducing suffixes preceded by an Accent 1 tone were more difficult to process compared to Accent 1-inducing suffixes preceded by Accent 2. This effect was relatively task-independent, i.e. found both when participants judged the tense or number of the word and when they simply listened to the word and pushed a button at word offset. The effect was absent when de-lexicalised stimuli that lacked lexical information were presented. This suggests that there is a stronger association in the mental lexicon between suffixes and Accent 2 compared to Accent 1. Also, correct Accent 2 words took longer to process compared to correct Accent 1 words. It was suggested that this is due to the extra lexical information that is activated upon hearing the Accent 2 tone. When e.g. a suffix is heard, the competing lexical candidates need to be de-activated. In addition, correlation analyses showed that shorter auditory stimuli elicit longer response and reaction times. This will have important implications for improving future response/reaction time experiments.},
  author       = {Söderström, Pelle},
  keyword      = {word accents,swedish,accent 2,language processing,speech processing},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Processing Swedish Word Accents - evidence from response and reaction times},
  year         = {2012},
}