Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

Mutual Knowledge and Prosody in Young Children

Karine Martel

M.R.S.H. - Pôle Pluriformations ModeSCoS et L.P.C.P., Université de Caen, France#

This work aims at modelising the use of the suprasegmental system and its relation with the enunciative structure in young children in a dialogue situation with a competent speaker. The role of the intonative and temporal parameters during the grammaticalisation period, which takes place between 2 and 3.5 years of age is investigated in this paper. Results show that children who use intonation precociously for communicative purposes, also use it in a specific way related to their ability to detach themselves from the context. Three chronological periods emerge. As time goes by the complexification of the grammatical structures generates a functional redistribution of prosody.

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Bibliographic reference.  Martel, Karine (2002): "Mutual knowledge and prosody in young children", In SP-2002, 479-482.