Forays into child speech: From prosodic structure to speech planning and production

Katherine Demuth


How and when do children become competent speakers of a language, prosodically speaking? Is the two-word stage of development composed of simple Prosodic Words? Or are these also represented at higher levels of structure, such as a Phonological Phrase or Intonational Phrase? Which acoustic cues do young speakers use to signal such structures? What are the processes involved in understanding how children plan larger utterances, and how might this be tested? What would a developmental model of speech planning and production look like? These are some of the many questions that have engaged my collaborations with Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel over the past several years, tapping our complementary skill sets to bring insight into these fundamental questions in language development. This talk will briefly explore answers to these questions, and outline areas for further research.


Cite as

Demuth, K. (2016) Forays into child speech: From prosodic structure to speech planning and production. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, (abstract).

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Demuth2016,
author={Katherine Demuth},
title={Forays into child speech: From prosodic structure to speech planning and production},
year=2016,
booktitle={Speech Prosody 2016}
}