The perceptual importance of falling pitch for speakers from different dialects of Swedish

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Falling pitch has long been argued to be a key feature in the distinction of Swedish pitch accents. In this paper, neurophysiological and behavioural evidence substantiating the perceptual importance of HL pitch contours at the word level is discussed. When presentedwith novel words, Swedes, regard-less of dialect,preattentively distinguished meaningfulwords with falling pitch.Falling pitch was also facilitative for tone mismatch detection.These responses tomeaningful HL contours in foreign words werelikely based on transfer from the native tongue, thus emphasisingthe importance of falling pitch in the discrimination of word accents in four Swedish dialectareas. However, while responses to falls were facilitated across dialects, additional dialect-dependent facilitation effects were found.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Fonetik 2021
Subtitle of host publicationLund, June 8–9, 2021
EditorsMikael Roll, Anna Hjortdal
PublisherCenter for Language and Literature, Lund University
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventFonetik 2021 - Lund University, Sweden
Duration: 2021 Jun 82021 Jun 9

Publication series

NameLund Working Papers in Linguistics
ISSN (Electronic)0280-526X


ConferenceFonetik 2021

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Specific Languages

Free keywords

  • Swedish
  • word accents
  • tone perception
  • tone learning
  • dialectal variation


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