Speech Prosody 2002

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

Acquisition of Prosody in Russian

Natalia N. Zharkova

Department of Phonetics, State University of St. Petersburg, Russia

In this study, a 1.5-hour conversation of a three-year-old Russian girl and her mother was audiotaped and analysed. The speech of the girl is not typical of her normally developing peers, as many vowels and consonants are substituted by different ones, and segmental information is no more sufficient for adequate semantic interpretation. The present study shows that although the child’s speech is deviant in some way, the girl has acquired most of the intonation models of the native language, which is normal for three-year-old Russian children.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zharkova, Natalia N. (2002): "Acquisition of prosody in Russian", In SP-2002, 735-738.