Positional biases in predictive processing of intonation

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Description: Abstract: Real-time speech comprehension is challenging because communicatively relevant information is distributed throughout the entire utterance. In five mouse tracking experiments on German and American English we probe, if listeners, in principle, use early intonational information to anticipate upcoming referents. Listeners had to select a speaker intended referent with their mouse guided by intonational cues, allowing for anticipation by moving their hand toward the referent prior to lexical disambiguation. While German listeners (Exps. 1-3) seemed to ignore early pitch cues, American English listeners (Exps. 4-5) were in principle able to use these early pitch cues to anticipate upcoming referents. However, many listeners showed no indication of doing so. These results suggest that there are important positional asymmetries in the way intonational information is integrated, with early information being paid less attention to than later cues in the utterance. Open data, scripts, and materials can be retrieved here: https://osf.io/xf8be/.

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This readme file was generated on 2020/24/7 by Timo Roettger Contact: timo.b.roettger@gmail.com GENERAL INFORMATION Title of data set Positional biases in predictive processing of intonation Author Information Name: Timo B. Roettger Institution: University of Osnabrück, Institute of Cognitive Science Name: Jennifer Cole Institution: Northwestern University, Department of Linguistics Name: ...

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