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Perceptual correlates of stress in Afrikaans

Stressed syllables may be perceived as being higher in tone (the result of a change in fundamental frequency), as louder (the result of more intensity), as sounding longer in comparison to the unstressed version of the specific vowel, and to a lesser degree as fuller or more pronounced in quality (also in comparison to its unstressed counterpart).


No detailed description of the perceptual cues of stress in Afrikaans is available at present. Due to the universal nature of phonetic characteristics in general, and perceptual cues in particular, we refer to the comprehensive and informative treatment of this topic with regards to Dutch.

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