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English-learning infants’ perception of word stress patterns

Skoruppa, Katrin and Cristià, Alejandrina and Peperkamp, Sharon and Seidl, Amanda (2011) 'English-learning infants’ perception of word stress patterns.' The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130 (1). EL50. ISSN 0001-4966

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Abstract

Adult speakers of different free stress languages (e.g., English, Spanish) differ both in their sensitivity to lexical stress and in their processing of suprasegmental and vowel quality cues to stress. In a head-turn preference experiment with a familiarization phase, both 8-month-old and 12-month-old English-learning infants discriminated between initial stress and final stress among lists of Spanish-spoken disyllabic nonwords that were segmentally varied (e.g. [ˈnila, ˈtuli] vs [luˈta, puˈki]). This is evidence that English-learning infants are sensitive to lexical stress patterns, instantiated primarily by suprasegmental cues, during the second half of the first year of life.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2012 16:11
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2012 16:11
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/4249

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