Prosodic structure in child speech planning and production

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English-speaking children have acquired phrase-final lengthening by the age of 2, but other aspects of prosodic organization appear to be later acquired. This study investigated 2-year-olds’ prosodic organization of function words in an elicited imitation task. In particular, we wanted to know if children would prosodify pronouns 1) as part of a trochaic foot with the preceding word, or 2) as a separate prosodic word. The results showed that the function word was produced as an independent prosodic unit, in contrast to the adult model being imitated. Implications for a developmental model of speech planning and production are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th international congress of phonetic sciences ICPhS XVII
EditorsWai-Sum Lee
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherCity University
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9789624423419
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Conference on Phonetic Sciences (17th : 2011) - Hong Kong
Duration: 17 Aug 201121 Aug 2011


ConferenceInternational Conference on Phonetic Sciences (17th : 2011)
CityHong Kong


  • prosodic structure
  • speech planning
  • language acquisition


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