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Title: 'The processing of German word stress: evidence for the prosodic hierarchy'
Author: UlrikeDomahs
Institution: 'University of Marburg'
Author: RichardWiese
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Institution: 'Philipps-Universit├Ąt Marburg'
Author: InaBornkessel-Schlesewsky
Institution: 'Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences'
Author: MatthiasSchlesewsky
Institution: 'Johannes Gutenberg-Universit├Ąt Mainz'
Linguistic Field: 'Phonology'
Subject Language: 'German'
Abstract: The present paper explores whether the metrical foot is necessary for the description of prosodic systems. To this end, we present empirical findings on the perception of German word stress using event-related brain potentials as the dependent measure. A manipulation of the main stress position within three-syllable words revealed differential brain responses, which (a) correlated with the reorganisation of syllables into feet in stress violations, and (b) differed in strength depending on syllable weight. The experiments therefore provide evidence that the processing of word stress not only involves lexical information about stress positions, but also (quantity-sensitive) information about metrical structures, in particular feet and syllables.

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This article appears in Phonology Vol. 25, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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