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Secondary stress in Brazilian Portuguese: the interplay between production and perception studies

By Pablo Arantes and Plinio A. Barbosa


This paper reports experiments on speech production showing that secondary stress in Brazilian Portuguese (BP) can be best described as phrase-initial prominence cued by greater duration and pitch accent excursion in initial position. It also reports a perception experiment in which clicks were associated to consecutive V-to-V positions in stress groups. Mean click detection RTs are gradient, but show no influence of initial lengthening. RTs near the phrasally stressed position are shorter and almost 60% of RT variance can be accounted for by produced timing patterns

Topics: Phonology
Publisher: Technische Universität Dresden Press
Year: 2006
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