Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

The Language Hoax

By John H. McWhorter

The Language Hoax "argues that that all humans process life the same way, regardless of their language."


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Language and Development in Africa

By H. Ekkehard Wolff

Language and Development in Africa "discusses the resourcefulness of languages, both local and global, in view of the ongoing transformation of African societies as much as for economic development.. "


The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics students and faculty, and supported primarily by your donations. Please support LINGUIST List during the 2016 Fund Drive.

Academic Paper


Title: Interpretation of contrastive pitch accent in six- to eleven-year-old English-speaking children (and adults)
Author: Kiwako Ito
Institution: Ohio State University
Author: Sarah A. Bibyk
Institution: University of Rochester
Author: Laura Wagner
Email: click here TO access email
Homepage: http://faculty.psy.ohio-state.edu/wagner/
Institution: Ohio State University
Author: Shari R. Speer
Email: click here TO access email
Homepage: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~speer
Institution: Ohio State University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Phonetics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Both off-line and on-line comprehension studies suggest not only toddlers and preschoolers, but also older school-age children have trouble interpreting contrast-marking pitch prominence. To test whether children achieve adult-like proficiency in processing contrast-marking prosody during school years, an eye-tracking experiment examined the effect of accent on referential resolution in six- to eleven-year-old children and adults. In all age groups, a prominent accent facilitated the detection of a target in contrastive discourse sequences (pink cat→ cat), whereas it led to a garden path in non-contrastive sequences (pink rabbit→ monkey: the initial fixations were on rabbits). While the data indicate that children as young as age six immediately interpret contrastive accent, even the oldest child group showed delayed fixations compared to adults. We argue that the children's slower recovery from the garden path reflects the gradual development in cognitive flexibility that matures independently of general oculomotor control.

CUP AT LINGUIST

This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 41, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



Add a new paper
Return to Academic Papers main page
Return to Directory of Linguists main page