ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2016
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2016

Analyzing the Prosody of Young Children

Jill Thorson

Young children acquire the complex prosodic contours necessary to transmit essential semantic, pragmatic, and affective information. Like other aspects of language acquisition, they learn these differences and produce them in their own speech with no overt instruction. While toddlers and young children are able to express intent and meaning, there is still 'something' distinct about their prosodic abilities in comparison to the adult model. How can we quantify these differences between child and adult prosody? This study begins to tease apart how we can analyze the intonation of young children using both an acoustic and a phonological approach.

Cite as: Thorson, J. (2016) Analyzing the Prosody of Young Children. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016,

  author={Jill Thorson},
  title={{Analyzing the Prosody of Young Children}},
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2016},