The Implicit Prosody of Corrective Contrast Primes Appropriately Intonated Probes (for Some Readers)

  • Shari R. SpeerEmail author
  • Anouschka Foltz
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 46)


Two visual-to-auditory cross-modal priming experiments looked for evidence of a link between the implicit prosodic contour readers generated during silent reading and the explicit prosodic contour of a subsequently presented auditory probe word. Pairs of text sentences that contained corrective contrasts (e.g., Jacquelyn didn’t pass the test. Belinda passed the test) were immediately followed by probes pronounced with pitch accent patterns consistent (BELINDA) or inconsistent (belinda) with the corrective contrast in the read text. Participants were grouped according to individual differences in their pitch accent production while reading aloud in an independent task. Pitch accent production patterns were shown to correlate with the performance in the cross-modal task, providing initial evidence about the content of the auditory image produced as inner speech during silent reading.


Individual differences Contrastive pitch accent Implicit prosody Inner speech Cross-modal priming 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.School of Linguistics and EnglishBangor University LanguageBangor, GwyneddUK

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