Ventura, Caterina, Grice, Martine ORCID: 0000-0003-4973-4059, Savino, Michelina, Kolev, Diana, Brilmayer, Ingmar and Schumacher, Petra B (2020). Attention allocation in a language with post-focal prominences. NeuroReport, 31 (8). pp. 624-628. Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Abstract

Accentuation influences selective attention and the depth of semantic processing during online speech comprehension. We investigated the processing of semantically congruent and incongruent words in a language that presents cues to prosodic prominences in the region of the utterance occurring after the focussed information (the post-focal region). This language is Italian, in particular the variety spoken in Bari. In this variety, questions have a compressed, post-focal accent, whereas in statements there is a low-level pitch in this position. Using event-related potentials, we investigated the processing of congruent and incongruent target words with two prosodic realizations (focussed with accentuation, post-focal realization) and in two-sentence modalities (statement, question). Results indicate an N400 congruence effect that was modulated by position (focal, post-focal) and modality (statement, question): processing was deeper for questions in narrow focus than in post-focal position, while statements showed similar

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Ventura, CaterinaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grice, MartineUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0003-4973-4059UNSPECIFIED
Savino, MichelinaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kolev, DianaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brilmayer, Ingmaringmar.brilmayer@uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schumacher, Petra BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-463255
DOI: 10.1097/WNR.0000000000001453
Journal or Publication Title: NeuroReport
Volume: 31
Number: 8
Page Range: pp. 624-628
Date: 2020
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health
Language: English
Faculty: Collaborative Research Centers
Divisions: Collaborative Research Centers > CRC 1252: Prominence in Language > TP A01
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/46325

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