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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

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The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Title: 'Interpretation of contrastive pitch accent in six- to eleven-year-old English-speaking children (and adults)'
Author: KiwakoIto
Institution: 'Ohio State University'
Author: Sarah A.Bibyk
Institution: 'University of Rochester'
Author: LauraWagner
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Homepage: 'http://faculty.psy.ohio-state.edu/wagner/'
Institution: 'Ohio State University'
Author: ShariR.Speer
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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.

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



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