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Monodialectal and multidialectal infants’ representation of familiar words

DURRANT, SAMANTHA and DELLE LUCHE, CLAIRE and CATTANI, ALLEGRA and FLOCCIA, CAROLINE (2015) 'Monodialectal and multidialectal infants’ representation of familiar words.' Journal of Child Language, 42 (2). 447 - 465. ISSN 0305-0009

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Abstract

<jats:title>ABSTRACT</jats:title><jats:p>Monolingual infants are typically studied as a homogenous group and compared to bilingual infants. This study looks further into two subgroups of monolingual infants, monodialectal and multidialectal, to identify the effects of dialect-related variation on the phonological representation of words. Using an Intermodal Preferential Looking task, the detection of mispronunciations in familiar words was compared in infants aged 1;8 exposed to consistent (monodialectal) or variable (multidialectal) pronunciations of words in their daily input. Only monodialectal infants detected the mispronunciations whereas multidialectal infants looked longer at the target following naming whether the label was correctly produced or not. This suggests that variable phonological input in the form of dialect variation impacts the degree of specificity of lexical representations in early infancy.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
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Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2015 12:55
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2019 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13650

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