First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

The Role of Rhythm in the First and Second Language Aquisition

Movto Kohno

Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe, Japan

First, neuropsychological fundamentals of rhythm perception will be shown by the research in the mechanism of timing control of a patient with infarction involving the forebrain commissural fibers, children with age variety from one year and half to nine years old and a normal adult. The timing measures thus cleared up will be innate and universal. Then the unit by which listeners chunk the flow of utterance to carry on the work of listening, that is, so called 'perceptual sense unit' will be identified by the experiments in the effects of pausing on listening comprehension, and the nature of the unit will be explained from the viewpoint of the above-mentioned universal timing measures. On the basis of all these facts, the process of listening comprehension will be elucidated by making clear the mechanism of echoic memory which gives a very important suggestions to the process of language acquisition and learning.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kohno, Movto (1990): "The role of rhythm in the first and second language aquisition", In ICSLP-1990, 741-744.