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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