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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) (KAR id:56583)

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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


Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/xhp0000259
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: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Funders: [UNSPECIFIED] EU European Social Fund
[UNSPECIFIED] National Strategic Reference Framework, research program THALIS-UOA-COGMEK (project 892, MIS 375737), Greece
Depositing User: Amalia Arvaniti
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2016 11:04 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 15:52 UTC
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