Stress and lexical activation in Dutch
Cutler, A., & Koster, M.
Stress and lexical activation in Dutch. In B. Yuan, T. Huang, & X. Tang (Eds.
), Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing: Vol. 1
(pp. 593-596). Beijing: China Military Friendship Publish.
Dutch listeners were slower to make judgements about the semantic relatedness between a spoken target word (e.g. atLEET, 'athlete') and a previously presented visual prime word (e.g. SPORT 'sport') when the spoken word was mis-stressed. The adverse effect of mis-stressing confirms the role of stress information in lexical recognition in Dutch. However, although the erroneous stress pattern was always initially compatible with a competing word (e.g. ATlas, 'atlas'), mis-stressed words did not produced high false alarm rates in unrelated pairs (e.g. SPORT - atLAS). This suggests that stress information did not completely rule out segmentally matching but suprasegmentally mismatching words, a finding consistent with spoken-word recognition models involving multiple activation and inter-word competition.