August 13-15 2020
University of Southern Denmark - Campus Sønderborg
13th INTERNATIONAL NORDIC PROSODY CONFERENCE
Nordic Prosody conferences take place every 4 years. The previous one was in Trondheim, Norway, www.ntnu.edu/nordic-prosody2016. The conference series focusses on the forms and functions of prosodic pattern in Nordic languages and in languages spoken around the Baltic Sea.
This conference is a satellite event to the 1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TONE AND INTONATION (TAI).
Please note thatthere will be a discount for participants who sign up for both events!
Contributions on all the various aspects of phonetics, phonology, and speech typology are welcome.
Papers presenting new corpora, methods, or devices can be submitted as well.
Conference proceedings will be published in a peer-reviewed Peter Lang book series. Please note that the proceedings volume will be submitted by the publisher for indexing in the Scopus and Web-of-Science databases.
Call for Papers (Deadline = 31 May 2020) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- David House (KTH Stockholm, Sweden) & Gilbert Ambrazaitis (Linnaeus University, Sweden): The multimodal nature of prominence
- Wim van Dommelen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway): Interactions of segmental and prosodic parameters
- Nicolai Pharao (Copenhagen University, Denmark): Processing prosody – recognizing speakers and recognizing words
Centre of Industrial Electronics (CIE) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) on science campus Alsion, Sonderborg, Denmark. The SDU is both the third-largest and the third-oldest Danish university. Since the introduction of the ranking systems in 2012, the University of Southern Denmark has consistently been ranked as one of the top 50 young universities in the world by both the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings. The SDU is also among the top 20 universities in Scandinavia.
The perception and mental representation of non-standard pronunciations of words has received increased attention in recent years as part of the debate about levels of abstraction in the mental lexicon. The majority of this work focuses on the processing of variable word forms where the variation is segmental.
This talk reports the results of studies on the role of prosody in lexical access, specifically the shape of the tonal contour associated with stress in Danish. This contour is known to vary across accents, with Copenhagen-based Danish having a low-high tonal pattern and Aarhus-based Danish having a high-low tonal pattern associated with stress. In a recent experiment, we had listeners from Copenhagen and listeners from Aarhus perform a lexical decision task with words realized with the high-low pattern typical of Aarhus-based Danish. We found that listeners from Copenhagen were slower to respond than listeners from Aarhus. In a subsequent lexical decision task, the same participants heard some of the same words produced by a different speaker, but again with the high-low tonal pattern. This task was conducted to explore effects of long-term priming, which has previously been shown to be affected by segmental variation. We only found a priming effect for the listeners from Aarhus, never for the Copenhagen listeners. Taken together, the results indicate that an unfamiliar tonal contour slows down lexical access regardless of the segmental make-up of the words, and that it effectively blocks long-term priming of words with the same tonal contour for listeners who themselves speak a different accent.
I will discuss the implications for the role of prosody in models of lexical access, specifically the role of abstraction in different components of the signal that is used to recognize spoken words.