The use of the Odd-One-Out task in the study of the perception of lexical stress in Spanish by German-speaking listeners

Author(s): Sandra Schwab and Volker Dellwo


In the present research, we investigated the perception of Spanish stress in German-speaking listeners in comparison with native Spanish listeners. We used a cognitively demanding Odd-One-Out task and stimuli with variability in voice and/or in intonation. The main findings showed that the German-speaking listeners were able to perceive the Spanish lexical stress to a very high degree (76% of correct responses), but that their performance was lower than the Spanish listeners' performance (90%). The difference between German and Spanish speakers was mainly due to the German speakers' poorer detection of the odd in two specific accentual contrasts. The implications on the stress deafness hypothesis are discussed.