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ERIC Number: EJ1062890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 25
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Segmentation of Vowel-Initial Words Is Facilitated by Function Words
Kim, Yun Jung; Sundara, Megha
Journal of Child Language, v42 n4 p709-733 Jul 2015
Within the first year of life, infants learn to segment words from fluent speech. Previous research has shown that infants at 0;7·5 can segment consonant-initial words, yet the ability to segment vowel-initial words does not emerge until the age of 1;1-1;4 (0;11 in some restricted cases). In five experiments, we show that infants aged 0;11 but not 0;8 are able to segment vowel-initial words that immediately follow the function word "the" [ði], while ruling out a bottom-up, phonotactic account of these results. Thus, function words facilitate the segmentation of vowel-initial words that appear sentence-medially for infants aged 0;11.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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