ERIC Number: EJ777220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Intonation Development from Five to Thirteen
Wells, Bill; Peppe, Sue; Goulandris, Nata
Journal of Child Language, v31 n4 p749-778 Nov 2004
Research undertaken to date suggests that important developments in the understanding and use of intonation may take place after the age of 5;0. The present study aims to provide a more comprehensive account of these developments. A specially designed battery of prosodic tasks was administered to four groups of thirty children, from London (U.K.), with mean ages of 5;6, 8;7, 10;10 and 13;9. The tasks tap comprehension and production of functional aspects of intonation, in four communicative areas: "Chunking" (i.e. prosodic phrasing), "Affect," "Interaction" and "Focus." Results indicate that there is considerable variability among children within each age band on most tasks. The ability to produce intonation functionally is largely established in five-year-olds, though some specific functional contrasts are not mastered until C.A. 8;7. Aspects of intonation comprehension continue to develop up to C.A. 10;10, correlating with measures of expressive and receptive language development.
Descriptors: Intonation, Children, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Correlation, Age Differences, Comprehension, Poetry, Language Acquisition, Child Development, Adolescent Development, Child Language, Language Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council, Lancaster (England).
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom