Production-comprehension (A)Symmetry: individual differences in the acquisition of prosodic focus-marking

Aoju Chen


Previous work based on different groups of children has shown that four- to five-year-old children are similar to adults in both producing and comprehending the focus-to-accentuation mapping in Dutch, contra the alleged production-precedes-comprehension asymmetry in earlier studies. In the current study, we addressed the question of whether there are individual differences in the production-comprehension (a)symmetricity. To this end, we examined the use of prosody in focus marking in production and the processing of focus-related prosody in online language comprehension in the same group of 4- to 5-year- olds. We have found that the relationship between comprehension and production can be rather diverse at an individual level. This result suggests some degree of independence in learning to use prosody to mark focus in production and learning to process focus-related prosodic information in online language comprehension, and implies influences of other linguistic and non-linguistic factors on the production-comprehension (a)symmetricity.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-71

Cite as: Chen, A. (2014) Production-comprehension (A)Symmetry: individual differences in the acquisition of prosodic focus-marking. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 423-427, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-71.


@inproceedings{Chen2014,
  author={Aoju Chen},
  title={{Production-comprehension (A)Symmetry: individual differences in the acquisition of prosodic focus-marking}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={423--427},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-71},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-71}
}