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ERIC Number: EJ1090681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
The Prosodic Licensing of Coda Consonants in Early Speech: Interactions with Vowel Length
Miles, Kelly; Yuen, Ivan; Cox, Felicity; Demuth, Katherine
Journal of Child Language, v43 n2 p265-283 Mar 2016
English has a word-minimality requirement that all open-class lexical items must contain at least two moras of structure, forming a bimoraic foot (Hayes, 1995).Thus, a word with either a long vowel, or a short vowel and a coda consonant, satisfies this requirement. This raises the question of when and how young children might learn this language-specific constraint, and if they would use coda consonants earlier and more reliably after short vowels compared to long vowels. To evaluate this possibility we conducted an elicited imitation experiment with 15 two-year- old Australian English-speaking children, using both perceptual and acoustic analysis. As predicted, the children produced codas more often when preceded by short vowels. The findings suggest that English-speaking two-year-olds are sensitive to language-specific lexical constraints, and are more likely to use coda consonants when prosodically required.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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