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ERIC Number: EJ968415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8309
Measuring Child Rhythm
Payne, Elinor; Post, Brechtje; Astruc, Lluisa; Prieto, Pilar; Vanrell, Maria del Mar
Language and Speech, v55 n2 p203-229 Jun 2012
Interval-based rhythm metrics were applied to the speech of English, Catalan and Spanish 2, 4 and 6 year-olds, and compared with the (adult-directed) speech of their mothers. Results reveal that child speech does not fall into a well-defined rhythmic class: for all three languages, it is more "vocalic" (higher %V) than adult speech and has a tendency towards lower variability (when normalized for speech rate) in vocalic interval duration. Consonantal interval variability, however, is "higher" in child speech, particularly for younger children. Nevertheless, despite the identification of common, cross-linguistic patterns in child speech, the emergence of language-specific rhythmic indices is also clearly observable, even in the speech of 2 year-olds. (Contains 18 notes, 6 tables, and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain (Barcelona); Spain (Madrid); United Kingdom (Cambridge)