Understanding the development of prosodic words: the role of the lexicon

Katherine Demuth*

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    Children's early speech productions are not entirely adult-like, with syllables and morphemes often missing from early utterances. However, these patterns of development also appear to be influenced by the language being learned. This chapter explores the role of the lexicon as a driving force in understanding both lower Prosodic Word (PW) and higher Phonological Phrase and Intonational Phrase (PP, IP) aspects of children's early speech. Using evidence from crosslinguistic studies, it shows how the prosodic shape and structure of the ambient lexicon influences the course of PW development and the implications this has for the acquisition of grammatical morphemes such as determiners. It concludes by exploring the implications of these findings for a developmental model of speech planning and production.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe development of prosody in first language acquisition
    EditorsPilar Prieto, Núria Esteve-Gibert
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; Philadelphia
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9789027264213
    ISBN (Print)9789027200594
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Publication series

    NameTrends in language acquisition research
    ISSN (Print)1569-0644


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