Accentual lengthening in 5-year-old AusE-speaking children

preliminary results

Ivan Yuen, Nan Xu Rattanasone, Elaine Schmidt, Gretel Macdonald, Rebecca Holt, Katherine Demuth

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Abstract

Although contrastive focus is reported in children’s
productions, their perception remains poor. However,
judgement of contrastive focus in production is typically based on perceptual evaluation, and the stimuli in production and perception studies often differ in the number of syllables and sentence positions. Since both factors influence accentual lengthening in adults, this raises questions about children’s ability to produce and generalize the durational cue to focus across different items. Eight AusE adults and 8 children participated in an elicited production task. Unlike the adults, children used accentual lengthening only on monosyllabic, not disyllabic words, and showed no additional phrase-final
lengthening.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationSST 2016
EditorsChristopher Carignan, Michael D. Tyler Tyler
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherAustralasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA)
Pages21-24
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (16th : 2016) - Parramatta, Australia
Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016
Conference number: 16th

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
ISSN (Electronic)2207-1296

Conference

ConferenceAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (16th : 2016)
Abbreviated titleSST2016
CountryAustralia
CityParramatta
Period6/12/169/12/16

Keywords

  • accentual lengthening
  • phrase-final lengthening
  • Australian English
  • contrastive focus

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    Yuen, I., Xu Rattanasone, N., Schmidt, E., Macdonald, G., Holt, R., & Demuth, K. (2016). Accentual lengthening in 5-year-old AusE-speaking children: preliminary results. In C. Carignan, & M. D. T. Tyler (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology: SST 2016 (pp. 21-24). (Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology). Canberra: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA).