Contrastive focus in children acquiring English and ASL

cues of prominence

Kadir Gökgöz, Ksenia Bogomolets, Lyn Tieu, Jeffrey Levi Palmer, Diane Lillo-Martin

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Abstract

In this paper, novel data concerning the marking of contrastive focus in two modalities are presented. Using data from an elicitation task conducted with children acquiring English and children acquiring American Sign Language (ASL), focused constituents in both speech and sign modalities are shown to be marked by a bundle of prosodic features. It is observed that increased duration and intensity are cross-linguistically relevant cues of contrastive focus despite the differences between the two modalities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2015)
EditorsLaurel Perkins, Rachel Dudley, Juliana Gerard, Kasia Hitczenko
Place of PublicationSomerville, MA
PublisherCascadilla Proceedings Project
Pages13-23
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781574734683
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (6th : 2015) - Maryland, USA
Duration: 19 Feb 201521 Feb 2015

Conference

ConferenceConference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (6th : 2015)
CityMaryland, USA
Period19/02/1521/02/15

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