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Rhythmic modification in child directed speech

Payne, Elinor; Post, Brechtje; Astruc, Lluïsa; Prieto, Pilar and Vanrell, Maria del Mar (2009). Rhythmic modification in child directed speech. Oxford University Working Papers in Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics, 12(2009) pp. 123–144.

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Abstract

Interval-based rhythm metrics were applied to the speech of English, Catalan and Spanish female adults addressing their children (aged 2, 4 and 6 years) and compared with their speech when addressing adults. Results reveal that when mothers speak to their children, their speech is more vocalic and more even-timed than when they address other adults. However, cross-linguistic differences are still maintained, suggesting that indices specific to both speech style and language co-exist.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Authors
Keywords: rhythm; child directed speech; cross-linguistic; English, Spanish; Catalan
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 21153
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 05 May 2010 09:24
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 20:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/21153
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