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Priming stress patterns in word recognition

Protopapas, Athanassios, Panagaki, Eleonora, Andrikopoulou, Angeliki, Gutiérrez Palma, Nicolás, Arvaniti, Amalia (2016) Priming stress patterns in word recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42 (11). pp. 1739-1760. ISSN 0096-1523. E-ISSN 1939-1277. (doi:10.1037/xhp0000259)

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Abstract

This study addresses the lexical representation of stress in a series of five intra-modal and cross-modal priming experiments in the Greek language using lexical decision tasks with auditory and visual targets. Three-syllable primes and targets were matched in first syllable segments, length, and other variables, and differed segmentally in the second and third syllable. Primes matched or mismatched targets in stress, which was placed on the penultimate or antepenultimate syllable. There was no evidence for stress priming in either accuracy or latency of responses to either words or pseudowords in any of these experiments, either intra-modally or cross-modally. In contrast, a control fragment priming experiment using only the first two syllables of the primes produced a significant effect of stress congruence for words but not for pseudowords. The results are interpreted in the context of previous findings in the literature as arising from lexical activation rather than from matching stress patterns. Overall, findings are consistent with lexical representations including stress information that is inseparable from segmental specification, rather than with abstract representations of metrical templates.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/xhp0000259
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] THALIS-UOA-COGMEK
Uncontrolled keywords: lexical stress; stress priming; visual word recognition; spoken word
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Amalia Arvaniti
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2016 11:04 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56583 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Arvaniti, Amalia: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1689-1931
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