Rhythmic grouping in English, Greek and Korean: testing the iambic-trochaic law

Hae-Sung, Jeon and Arvaniti, Amalia (2016) Rhythmic grouping in English, Greek and Korean: testing the iambic-trochaic law. In: Speech Prosody 8 2016: Prosody and the Individual: Unity and Difference Within and Across Speech Communities, May 31 - June 3, 2016, Boston, USA. (doi:https://doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The iambic-trochaic law (ITL) states that repeating sounds with an intensity contrast are perceived as binary groups with initial prominence (trochees) and those with a durational contrast with final prominence (iambs). Although the ITL has been empirically supported, it is not clear whether it is due to universal cognitive mechanisms or whether language-specific prosodic properties affect listeners’ grouping preferences. We tested the law with speakers of English, Greek and Korean who heard strings of tones varied in duration and/or intensity. The results revealed neither significant differences among languages nor a strong bias shared by speakers of all languages. Significantly, listeners’ grouping preferences were influenced by the duration of the inter-tone interval (ITI), with long ITI (200 ms) resulting in stronger trochaic preferences than short ITI (20 ms), indicating that specific experimental conditions may be responsible for cross-linguistic differences in listener responses across experiments testing the ITL.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
Uncontrolled keywords: iambic-trochaic law, meter, grouping, rhythm, perception, English, Korean, Greek
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Amalia Arvaniti
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 14:01 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 16:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60742 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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