Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
MacNeilage: Evolution of speech

Is the syllable frame stored?

Willem J. M. Levelt a1 and Niels O. Schiller a1
a1 Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Wundtlaan 1, 6525 XD Nijmegen, The Netherlands


This commentary discusses whether abstract metrical frames are stored. For stress-assigning languages (e.g., Dutch and English), which have a dominant stress pattern, metrical frames are stored only for words that deviate from the default stress pattern. The majority of the words in these languages are produced without retrieving any independent syllabic or metrical frame.