Astruc, Lluisa; Payne, Elinor; Post, Brechtje; Prieto, Pilar and Vanrell, Maria del Mar
Word prosody in early child Cataln, Spanish and English.
In: Speech Prosody 2010, 11-14 May 2010, Chicago.
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The goal of this paper is to examine the acquisition of the metrical patterns of the target language in early child vs. adult speech. There is some preliminary evidence for the existence of crosslinguistic and developmental differences. We recorded 36 children; 12 English, 12 Catalan, and 12 Spanish, aged 2, 4 and 6 and their mothers to compare the acquisition of increasingly complex prosodic forms (S, WS, SW, WSW, SWW, WWS, SWSW) in the children's speech to the adult target provided by their mothers, both elicited with a controlled naming task. We quantified the prosodic patterns produced and also the omissions of weakly stressed syllables (truncation) as has been shown in the literature that this correlates with prosodic development but may also differ crosslinguistically.
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