Sónia Frota

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In this article we will explore the consequences of adopting recent proposals by Chomsky, according to which the syntactic derivation proceeds in terms of phases. The notion of phase – through the associated notion of spellout – allows for an insightful theory of the fact that syntactic constituents receive default phrase stress not across the board, but as(More)
In this study, the scaling of utterance-initial f 0 values and H initial peaks are examined in several Romance languages as a function of phrasal length, measured in number of pitch accents (1 to 3 pitch accents) and in number of syllables (3 to 15). The motivation for this study stems from contradictory claims in the literature regarding whether the height(More)
This paper reports on two discrimination experiments involving Portuguese data. The findings support the prosodic contrast between EP and BP and stress the role played by intonation in this contrast. They also show that the perceptual distance between EP and BP is smaller than that between EP and Dutch. The robust distinction between EP and Dutch provides(More)
It is known that individuals with Asperger syndrome (AS) may show no problems with regard to what is said (e.g., lexical content) but tend to have difficulties in how utterances are produced, i.e., they may show prosodic impairments. In the present study, we focus on the use of prosodic features to express grammatical meaning. Specifically, we explored the(More)
INTRODUCTION Individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) have to deal with several aspects of voice and speech decline and thus alteration of communication ability during the course of the disease. Among these communication impairments, 3 major challenges include: (1) dysarthria, consisting of orofacial motor dysfunction and dysprosody, which is linked to the(More)
Research on the perception of word stress suggests that speakers of languages with non-predictable or variable stress (e.g., English and Spanish) are more efficient than speakers of languages with fixed stress (e.g., French and Finnish) at distinguishing nonsense words contrasting in stress location. In addition, segmental and suprasegmental cues to word(More)
This paper describes the rhythmic properties of two central-southern varieties of European Portuguese (Ale and Alg), following similar methodologies of previous production and perception studies of rhythm in Portuguese. The analysis of production data showed that Ale presents a mixed rhythmic nature, whereas Alg is clearly stress-timed. The use of different(More)
Previous research has reported stress "deafness" for languages with predictable stress, like French, contrary to languages with non-predictable stress, like Spanish ([1], [2], [3], [4]). The contrastive nature of stress appears to inhibit stress "deafness", but segmental and/or suprasegmental cues may also enhance stress discrimination ([5], [6]). In this(More)