The recognition of the prosodic focus position in German-learning infants from 4 to 14 months

  • The aim of the present study was to elucidate in a study with 4-, 6-, 8-, and 14-month-old German-learning children, when and how they may acquire the regularities which underlie Focus-to-Stress Alignment (FSA) in the target language, that is, how prosody is associated with specific communicative functions. Our findings suggest, that 14-month-olds have already found out that German allows for variable focus positions, after having gone through a development which goes from a predominantly prosodically driven processing of the input to a processing where prosody interacts more and more with the growing lexical and syntactic knowledge of the child.

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Author:Michaela Schmitz, Barbara Höhle, Anja Müller, Jürgen Weissenborn
Parent Title (German):Interdisciplinary studies on information structure / Ishihara, S., M. Schmitz, and A. Schwarz (eds.) ; Working Papers of the SFB 632, Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS) ; Vol. 5
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2007
Year of first Publication:2007
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/11/10
Tag:HTP; infants; prosodic focus
Page Number:22
First Page:187
Last Page:208
Source: ; (in:) S. Ishihara / M. Schmitz /A. Schwarz : Working Papers of the SFB632, Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure (ISIS), 5, 2007, S. 183-208
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht