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The role of accentual pattern in early lexical representation

Vihman, M.M., Nakai, S., DePaolis, R.A. and Hallé, P. (2004) The role of accentual pattern in early lexical representation. Journal of Memory and Language, 50 (3). pp. 336-353. ISSN 0749-596X

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Abstract

The interaction between prosodic and segmental aspects of infant representations for speech was explored using the head-turn paradigm, with untrained everyday familiar words and phrases as stimuli. At 11 months English-learning infants, like French infants (Hallé & Boysson-Bardies, 1994), attended significantly longer to a list of familiar lexical items than to a phonetically comparable rare list, but 9-month-olds did not. Reversing the stress pattern of the familiar items failed to block word-form recognition in 11-month-olds, although a time-course analysis showed that it delayed the infant response. Changing the initial consonant of English words did block word recognition while change to the second consonant did not. Time-course analyses of both the English and the original French data showed that altering the consonant of the unaccented syllable delays word-form recognition in both languages while change to the accented syllable has a stronger effect in English than in French.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009 09:34
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2009 09:34
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jml.2003.11.004
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jml.2003.11.004
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6747

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