Two-year-olds' acquisition of the possessive morpheme: an acoustic analysis

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    Abstract

    Previous research shows that 2-year-olds' production of third person singular -s, but not plural -s, is affected by coda complexity, though both are more accurately produced in durationally longer utterance-final compared to utterancemedial position. This study explores these effects with possessive -s. Acoustic analysis of 10 two-years-olds' elicited imitations examined children's use of simple versus complex codas (e.g. Sue's vs. Doug's) both utterance-medially and utterance-finally. Morpheme production was surprisingly robust across contexts, but coda clusters were often simplified to -s singletons utterance-medially (e.g. Doug's [dɐz]). The findings raise many questions about lexical and morphological development in typical and language-impaired populations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
    Place of PublicationCanberra, ACT
    PublisherAustralian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA)
    Pages13-16
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (14th : 2012) - Sydney
    Duration: 3 Dec 20126 Dec 2012

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
    PublisherAustralian Speech Science and Technology Association
    ISSN (Print)1039-0227

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (14th : 2012)
    CitySydney
    Period3/12/126/12/12

    Keywords

    • child language acquisition
    • morpheme production
    • speech acoustics

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