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ERIC Number: EJ1151513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
How Salient Are Onomatopoeia in the Early Input? A Prosodic Analysis of Infant-Directed Speech
Laing, Catherine E.; Vihman, Marilyn; Keren-Portnoy, Tamar
Journal of Child Language, v44 n5 p1117-1139 Sep 2017
Onomatopoeia are frequently identified amongst infants' earliest words (Menn & Vihman, 2011), yet few authors have considered why this might be, and even fewer have explored this phenomenon empirically. Here we analyze mothers' production of onomatopoeia in infant-directed speech (IDS) to provide an input-based perspective on these forms. Twelve mothers were recorded interacting with their 8-month-olds; onomatopoeic words (e.g. "quack") were compared acoustically with their corresponding conventional words ("duck"). Onomatopoeia were more salient than conventional words across all features measured: mean pitch, pitch range, word duration, repetition, and pause length. Furthermore, a systematic pattern was observed in the production of onomatopoeia, suggesting a conventionalized approach to mothers' production of these words in IDS.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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