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    Phrase-final words in Greek storytelling speech: a study on the effect of a culturally-specific prosodic feature on short-term memory

    Loutrari, Ariadni and Tselekidou, F. and Proios, H. (2018) Phrase-final words in Greek storytelling speech: a study on the effect of a culturally-specific prosodic feature on short-term memory. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 47 (4), pp. 947-957. ISSN 0090-6905.

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    Abstract

    Prosodic patterns of speech appear to make a critical contribution to memoryrelated processing. We considered the case of a previously unexplored prosodic feature of Greek storytelling and its effect on free recall in thirty typically developing children between the ages of 10 and 12 years, using short ecologically valid auditory stimuli. The combination of a falling pitch contour and, more notably, extensive final-syllable vowel lengthening, which gives rise to the prosodic feature in question, led to statistically significantly higher performance in comparison to neutral phrase-final prosody. Number of syllables in target words did not reveal substantial difference in performance. The current study presents a previously undocumented culturally-specific prosodic pattern and its effect on short-term memory.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Prosody, Storytelling, Short-term memory, Pitch, Duration
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Ariadne Loutrari
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2018 10:14
    Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 12:15
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/22698

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