LINGUIST List 8.833

Thu Jun 5 1997

Books: Available for Review -Prosody, Acquis.

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Message 1: Available for review

Date: Thu, 5 Jun 1997 16:44:33 -0400 (EDT)
From: Andrew Carnie <>
Subject: Available for review

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Hung, Feng Sheng, 1996. "Prosody and the Acquisition of Grammatical 
Morphemes in Chinese Languages" Indiana University Linguistics Club.

In this comparison study, Hung investigates the influence of prosodic
and phonological factors on the acquisition of frequently occurring 
grammatical morphemes in two morphosyntactically similar but prosodically
different languages, namely Taiwan Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese. Through
an analysis of the patterns of realization and omission of these morphemes
in children's speech, he concludes that rhythmic characteristics of
languages can affect segmentation of input speech by providing different
kinds of prosodic handles for the novice to grasp. Metrical feet may 
offer Mandarin children one kind of segmentation handle. In Taiwanese,
however, the syllable more likely functions as a segmentation unit.

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