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ERIC Number: EJ1170340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
No Perceptual Reorganization for Limburgian Tones? A Cross-Linguistic Investigation with 6- to 12-Month-Old Infants
Ramachers, Stefanie; Brouwer, Susanne; Fikkert, Paula
Journal of Child Language, v45 n2 p290-318 Mar 2018
Despite the fact that many of the world's languages use lexical tone, the majority of language acquisition studies has focused on non-tone languages. Research on tone languages has typically investigated wellknown tone languages such as Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. The current study looked at a Limburgian dialect of Dutch that uses lexical pitch differences, albeit in a rather restricted way. Using a visual habituation paradigm, 6- to 12-month-old Limburgian and Dutch infants were tested for their ability to discriminate Limburgian tones. The results showed that both Limburgian and Dutch infants discriminate the Limburgian tones throughout their frst year of life. The role of linguistic experience, acoustic salience, and the degree of similarity to the native prosodic system are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; Belgium
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