Abstract:The perception of prominence as a function of sentence stress in Finnish was investigated in four experiments. Listeners judged the relative prominence of two consecutive nouns in a three-word utterance, where the accentuation of the nouns was systematically varied by tonal means. Experiments 1 and 2 investigated both the tonal features underlying the subjects' responses as well as the influence of word order on the perceived prominence of the two accented words. The results showed that similar tonal features … Show more
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