Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Constraints on the Acquisition of Simplex and Complex Words in German

Angela Grimm (1), Jochen Trommer (2)

(1) University of Potsdam, Germany; (2) University of Leipzig, Germany

It is a common assumption that prosodic restrictions on the shape of children's early productions refer to the prosodic word (cf. [1]). However, empirical research on word structure has focused almost exclusively on simplex words where the morphosyntactic and prosodic word boundaries coincide ([2], [3], [4], [5]). In this paper, we provide new evidence from the acquisition of German complex words (compounds and particle verbs) showing that the restriction to a single foot indeed holds for the prosodic word, not for the morphosyntactic word. Thus, our results corroborate the crucial function of the prosodic word in language development.

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Bibliographic reference.  Grimm, Angela / Trommer, Jochen (2005): "Constraints on the acquisition of simplex and complex words in German", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 45-48.