Contrastive utterances make alternatives salient: Cross-modal priming evidence
Braun, B., Tagliapietra, L., & Cutler, A.
Contrastive utterances make alternatives salient: Cross-modal priming evidence. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2008
Sentences with contrastive intonation are assumed to presuppose contextual alternatives to the accented elements. Two cross-modal priming experiments tested in Dutch whether such contextual alternatives are automatically available to listeners. Contrastive associates – but not non- contrastive associates - were facilitated only when primes were produced in sentences with contrastive intonation, indicating that contrastive intonation makes unmentioned contextual alternatives immediately available. Possibly, contrastive contours trigger a “presupposition resolution mechanism” by which these alternatives become salient.