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-EL55.

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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. ['nila, 'tuli] vs [lu'ta, pu'ki]). 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.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > Kognitive Linguistik und Spracherwerbsforschung (Behrens, dt. Sprachw.)
UniBasel Contributors:Skoruppa, Katrin
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Acoustical Society of America
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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