Speech timing of grammatical categories

@article{Sorensen1978SpeechTO,
  title={Speech timing of grammatical categories},
  author={John M. Sorensen and Jr. William E. Cooper and Jeanne M. Paccia},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1978},
  volume={6},
  pages={135-153}
}
A series of experiments was performed to determine how the duration of a word spoken in a sentence is influenced by: (1) the grammatical category to which it belongs, and (2) the position of the word in a constituent. Experiment I contained Noun-Verb homophones (e.g. “I saw the coach…” — noun; “I saw him coach…” — verb), in sentences matched for phonetic environment and stress pattern. Results support the notion that Nouns are longer than Verbs in typical sentences. Experiment II, however… CONTINUE READING

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