The acquisition of prosodic focus-marking in Mandarin Chinese and Seoul Korean-speaking children

Author: Anqi Yang
LOT Number: 473
ISBN: 978-94-6093-256-4
Pages: 241
Year: 2017
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Anqi Yang

This dissertation is a cross-linguistic study on how Mandarin Chinese-speaking and Seoul Korean-speaking children develop the capacity for prosodic focus-marking in their speech production. We collected and analysed semi-spontaneous production of sentences from four- to eleven-year-olds and adults in both languages. We have seen that which prosodic focus-marking means is acquired first in a language depends on what is the primary prosodic focus-marking means in the language. Furthermore, we have seen evidence showing that the presence of lexical use of a prosodic property in a language influences the rate and route of the acquisition of prosodic focus-marking in the language. Our findings suggested that the developmental path to adult-like prosodic focus-marking is shaped by both the prosodic system and prosodic focus-marking system.

Anqi Yang

This dissertation is a cross-linguistic study on how Mandarin Chinese-speaking and Seoul Korean-speaking children develop the capacity for prosodic focus-marking in their speech production. We collected and analysed semi-spontaneous production of sentences from four- to eleven-year-olds and adults in both languages. We have seen that which prosodic focus-marking means is acquired first in a language depends on what is the primary prosodic focus-marking means in the language. Furthermore, we have seen evidence showing that the presence of lexical use of a prosodic property in a language influences the rate and route of the acquisition of prosodic focus-marking in the language. Our findings suggested that the developmental path to adult-like prosodic focus-marking is shaped by both the prosodic system and prosodic focus-marking system.

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