The recognition of the prosodic focus position in German-learning infants from 4 to 14 months

  • The aim of the present study was to elucidate in a study with 4-, 6-, 8-, and 14-month-old German-learning children, when and how they may acquire the regularities which underlie Focus-to-Stress Alignment (FSA) in the target language, that is, how prosody is associated with specific communicative functions. Our findings suggest, that 14-month-olds have already found out that German allows for variable focus positions, after having gone through a development which goes from a predominantly prosodically driven processing of the input to a processing where prosody interacts more and more with the growing lexical and syntactic knowledge of the child.

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Author:Michaela Schmitz, Barbara Höhle, Anja Müller, Jürgen Weissenborn
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2006
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2008/07/21
Tag:HTP; infants; prosodic focus
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Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Linguistik / Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:erschienen in:
Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; Working papers of the SFB 632. - Potsdam : Univ.-Verl. Vol. 5. - 2006. - 221 S. : graph. Darst. ISSN 1614-4708 ISBN 978-3-939469-41-4
URN: urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-13047
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