Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

A Cross-Linguistic study of Prosodic Lengthening in Child-Directed Speech

Elinor Payne (1), Brechtje Post (2), Lluïsa Astruc (3), Pilar Prieto (4,5), Maria del Mar Vanrell (4)

(1) Phonetics Laboratory, University of Oxford, and St Hilda's College, Oxford, UK
(2) RCEAL, Cambridge University, and Jesus College, Cambridge, UK
(3) Department of Languages, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
(4) Departament de Traducció i Ciències del Llenguatge, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
(5) ICREA, Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, Barcelona, Spain

We compared the manifestation of prosodic lengthening in child-directed speech with the adult-directed speech of 6 Catalan and English women. Results showed a less variegated system of prosodic lengthening in CDS, with the selective enhancement of certain structures, notably phrasefinal lengthening and (in English) nuclear accented syllables.

Index Terms: child-directed speech, prosodic lengthening, Catalan, English.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Payne, Elinor / Post, Brechtje / Astruc, Lluïsa / Prieto, Pilar / Vanrell, Maria del Mar (2010): "A cross-linguistic study of prosodic lengthening in child-directed speech", In SP-2010, paper 319.