ERIC Number: EJ824980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
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Development of Prosodic Patterns in Mandarin-Learning Infants
Chen, Li-Mei; Kent, Raymond D.
Journal of Child Language, v36 n1 p73-84 Jan 2009
Early prosodic development (f[subscript 0] variation) was systematically measured in Mandarin-learning infants at the transition from babbling to producing first words. Spontaneous vocalizations of twenty-four infants aged 0;7 to 1;6 were recorded in 45-minute sessions. The speech production of twenty-four caregivers was also audio-recorded during caregiver-infant natural daily interactions at home. All recordings were transcribed using broad prosodic patterns. Analysis revealed four major findings: (1) falling f[subscript 0] contours were more prominently produced than level and rising contours; (2) high prosodic patterns occurred more frequently than mid and low prosodic patterns; (3) these distribution patterns of f[subscript 0] contours showed significant similarities in babbling and early words; and (4) these distribution patterns were also similar in infants' and their caregivers' data.
Descriptors: Speech, Suprasegmentals, Caregivers, Infants, Mandarin Chinese, Caregiver Child Relationship, Language Patterns, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Language Rhythm, Intonation
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