Using tonal cues to predict inflections

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Abstract

The present article discusses the Central Swedish word accents – Accent 1 and Accent 2 – and their productive association to suffixes from the point of view of prediction theories of speech processing. Based on recent neurophysiological findings, we propose that both word accents are used predictively, but that Accent 1 is more ‘predictively useful’ than Accent 2, due to the fact that Accent 1 stems signal a smaller well-defined set of upcoming affixes as compared to Accent 2. This ‘usefulness’ allows suffixes to be pre-activated before they have even been heard.

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Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Keywords

  • tone, word accent, inflectional morphology, fMRI, EEG, ERP
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking Papers
EditorsMalin Svensson Lundmark, Gilbert Ambrazaitis, Joost van de Weijer
PublisherDepartment of Linguistics and Phonetics, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University
Pages91-94
Number of pages4
Volume55
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventFonetik 2015 - Lund, Sweden
Duration: 2015 Jun 82015 Jun 10

Publication series

Name
Volume55
ISSN (Print)0280-526X

Conference

ConferenceFonetik 2015
CountrySweden
CityLund
Period2015/06/082015/06/10

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

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