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Niels O. Schiller

Professor of Psycho- and Neurolinguistics

Lexical stress

This image shows the difference between naming pictures with and without verbal feedback.  The activity shows which areas of the brains have to work harder when there is no verbal feedback available.

Together with Claartje Levelt, another Leiden linguist, and Paula Fikkert from Nijmegen, Schiller has also carried out research into (linguistic) stress.  This system seems to be more complicated than was previously thought.  Schiller:  'In 90% of Dutch words, the stress is on the first syllable.  We thought: only the 10% of irregular words will be stored, the rest will be calculated using rules.  But that's not how it works.  Within the irregular words, we found, by paying attention to the reaction time, yet more words which were irregular.  We haven't yet reached any conclusions.  It may well be a combination of storing information Lexical stress.'

Lexical Stress

This image shows the difference between naming pictures with and without verbal feedback. The activity shows which areas of the brains have to work harder when there is no verbal feedback available.