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Acquisition of prosodic focus marking by English, French, and German three-, four-, five- and six-year-olds

Szendrői, K; Bernard, C; Berger, F; Gervain, J; Höhle, B; (2018) Acquisition of prosodic focus marking by English, French, and German three-, four-, five- and six-year-olds. Journal of Child Language , 45 (1) pp. 219-241. 10.1017/S0305000917000071. Green open access

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Abstract

Previous research on young children's knowledge of prosodic focus marking has revealed an apparent paradox, with comprehension appearing to lag behind production. Comprehension of prosodic focus is difficult to study experimentally due to its subtle and ambiguous contribution to pragmatic meaning. We designed a novel comprehension task, which revealed that three- to six-year-old children show adult-like comprehension of the prosodic marking of subject and object focus. Our findings thus support the view that production does not precede comprehension in the acquisition of focus. We tested participants speaking English, German, and French. All three languages allow prosodic subject and object focus marking, but use additional syntactic marking to varying degrees (English: dispreferred; German: possible; French preferred). French participants produced fewer subject marked responses than English participants. We found no other cross-linguistic differences. Participants interpreted prosodic focus marking similarly and in an adult-like fashion in all three languages.

Type: Article
Title: Acquisition of prosodic focus marking by English, French, and German three-, four-, five- and six-year-olds
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0305000917000071
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0305000917000071
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1546489
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