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
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.
|Institution:||The University of York|
|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|