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Inadequate and infrequent are not alike: ERPs to deviant prosodic patterns in spoken sentence comprehension

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kai Alter


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The current study on German investigates Event-Related brain Potentials (ERPs) for the perception of sentences with intonations which are infrequent (i.e. vocatives) or inadequate in daily conversation. These ERPs are compared to the processing correlates for sentences in which the syntax-to-prosody relations are congruent and used frequently during communication. Results show that perceiving an adequate but infrequent prosodic structure does not result in the same brain responses as encountering an inadequate prosodic pattern. While an early negative-going ERP followed by an N400 were observed for both the infrequent and the inadequate syntax-to-prosody association, only the inadequate intonation also elicits a P600. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Mietz A, Toepel U, Ischebeck A, Alter K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Brain and Language

Year: 2008

Volume: 104

Issue: 2

Pages: 159-169

Print publication date: 01/02/2008

ISSN (print): 0093-934X

ISSN (electronic): 1090-2155

Publisher: Academic Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2007.03.005

PubMed id: 17428526


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