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Intonation development from five to thirteen

Wells, B., Peppé, S. and Goulandris, N. (2004) Intonation development from five to thirteen. Journal of Child Language, 31 (4). pp. 749-778. ISSN 0305-0009

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Abstract

Research undertaken to date suggests that important developments in the understanding and use of intonation may take place after the age of 5;0. The present study aims to provide a more comprehensive account of these developments. A specially designed battery of prosodic tasks was administered to four groups of thirty children, from London (U.K.), with mean ages of 5;6, 8;7, 10;10 and 13;9. The tasks tap comprehension and production of functional aspects of intonation, in four communicative areas: CHUNKING (i.e. prosodic phrasing), AFFECT, INTERACTION and FOCUS.

Results indicate that there is considerable variability among children within each age band on most tasks. The ability to produce intonation functionally is largely established in five-year-olds, though some specific functional contrasts are not mastered until C.A. 8;7. Aspects of intonation comprehension continue to develop up to C.A. 10;10, correlating with measures of expressive and receptive language development.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > Department of Human Communication Sciences (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 12:12
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S030500090400652X
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S030500090400652X
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1530

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