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October 2021

The role of prosody in the mental lexicon

Author(s): Wingfield, A., Goodglass, H.

Journal/Book: Brain Lang. 1999; 68: 525 B St, Ste 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495, USA. Academic Press Inc. 312-317.

Abstract: Current models of spoken word recognition take into account factors such as word frequency, word onset cohort size, and phonological neighborhood density. Using the word onset gating technique we tested word recognition when bandpass filtering was used to allow subjects to hear the full prosodic pattern of a word (number of syllables and syllabic stress), deprived of segmental information beyond that contained in the onset gate. Subjects also heard either word onsets plus duration information or only word onsets. Results suggest that word prosody is represented in the mental lexicon and is effectively used by listeners in spoken word recognition.

Note: Article Lindfield KC, DVA Med Ctr, Aphasia Res Ctr 151A, 150 S Huntington Ave, Boston,MA 02130 USA

Keyword(s): speech; word recognition; prosody; word stress; onset gating; WORD RECOGNITION

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