Is the input for prosodic bootstrapping of word order reliable? The case of phrasal prominence in Turkish and French.

Angeliki Athanasopoulou, Irene Vogel


Prosody is often attributed a fundamental role in the process of language acquisition, allowing infants to use prosodic cues to begin to acquire the syntactic structures of their language. The Prosodic Bootstrapping process may combine a number of phonological phenomena (e.g., stress, rhythmic units, intonation), and recently, it has been proposed that a Rhythmic Activation Principle that integrates the Iambic-Trochaic Law also contributes, with the acoustic characteristics of phrasal prominence cuing a languageĀ’s basic word order [1, 2]. That is, association of the different properties of iambic and trochaic stress with phrasal prominence patterns would allow a child to identify whether a language is syntactically VO or OV (see [1, 2] for French and Turkish). We further test this hypothesis by investigating the acoustic manifestations of stress in Turkish and French, specifically by comparing them in non-focus and focus conditions.


DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-141

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Athanasopoulou, A., Vogel, I. (2016) Is the input for prosodic bootstrapping of word order reliable? The case of phrasal prominence in Turkish and French.. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, 687-691.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Athanasopoulou+2016,
author={Angeliki Athanasopoulou and Irene Vogel},
title={Is the input for prosodic bootstrapping of word order reliable? The case of phrasal prominence in Turkish and French.},
year=2016,
booktitle={Speech Prosody 2016},
doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-141},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-141},
pages={687--691}
}