Speech Prosody 2010
Chicago, IL, USA
The goal of this study is to examine the acquisition of prosody at the word level in early child Catalan, Spanish and English. We used a controlled naming task to elicit speech from 36 children; 12 English, 12 Catalan, and 12 Spanish, aged 2, 4 and 6 in order to analyze the acquisition of prosodic words with increasingly complex forms (S, WS, SW, WSW, SWW, WWS, SWSW; 3 target words per prosodic pattern in each language). We analyzed the prosodic patterns produced and quantified the omissions ("truncations") of weakly stressed syllables. Results are in line with previous studies , in that there are developmental and crosslinguistic differences in the acquisition of complex prosodic word structures.
Index Terms: prosodic word, first language acquisition metrical patterns, rhythm, Catalan, Spanish, English.
Bibliographic reference. Astruc, Lluïsa / Payne, Elinor / Post, Brechtje / Prieto, Pilar / Vanrell, Maria del Mar (2010): "Word prosody in early child Catalan, Spanish and English", In SP-2010, paper 173.