The acquisition of multimodal cues to disbelief

Meghan Armstrong, Núria Esteve-Gibert, Pilar Prieto


In this study, we examine how 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old Catalan-acquiring children are able to make use of the audio (intonational) and visual (facial gesture) modalities in the comprehension of speaker disbelief, as well as the role of a child’s developing Theory of Mind. Our results suggest that in this case, facial gesture provides children with scaffolding for linguistic meaning. In addition, those children that passed a false belief task tended to perform better on the comprehension task in general. We discuss the implications of these findings for the study of intonational development.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-217

Cite as: Armstrong, M., Esteve-Gibert, N., Prieto, P. (2014) The acquisition of multimodal cues to disbelief. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 1139-1143, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-217.


@inproceedings{Armstrong2014,
  author={Meghan Armstrong and Núria Esteve-Gibert and Pilar Prieto},
  title={{The acquisition of multimodal cues to disbelief}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={1139--1143},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-217},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-217}
}