Why stress position bias?

@article{Heuven1996WhySP,
  title={Why stress position bias?},
  author={Vincent J J P van Heuven and Ludmila Menert},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  year={1996},
  volume={100 4 Pt 1},
  pages={2439-51}
}
There is ample evidence in the literature that English and Dutch listeners tend to perceive stress on the word-initial syllable. This bias is most easily seen in the perception of (nonsense) words containing repetitions of identical syllables. In four experiments the possible causes of this bias are investigated. The results show that the bias disappears when (i) words are preceded by a spoken context, when (ii) the voice source is replaced by noise (whisper), or when (iii) the fundamental… CONTINUE READING