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Phrasal prosody constrains word segmentation in French 16-month-olds

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Infants who are in the process of acquiring their mother tongue have to find a way of segmenting the continuous speech stream into word-sized units. We present an experiment showing that French 16-month-olds are able to exploit phonological phrase boundaries in order to constrain lexical access. Using the conditioned head-turning technique, we showed that infants trained to turn their head for a bisyllabic word responded more often to sentences that contained this word, than to sentences that contained both syllables of this word separated by a phonological phrase boundary. We compare these results with similar results obtained with English-speaking infants, and discuss their implication for lexical and syntactic acquisition.

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Millotte, S. & Morgan, J. & Margules, S. & Bernal, S. & Dutat, M. & Christophe, A., (2011) “Phrasal prosody constrains word segmentation in French 16-month-olds”, Journal of Portuguese Linguistics 10(1), p.67-86. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.101

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Séverine Millotte (Laboratoire d’Étude d’Apprentissage et du Dévelopement, CNSR – UMR, 5022, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France)
James Morgan (Department of Cognitive, and Linguistic Sciences Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, USA)
Sylvie Margules (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, CNRS – UMR, 8554/DEC – ENS/EHESS, Paris, France)
Savita Bernal (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, CNRS – UMR, 8554/DEC – ENS/EHESS, Paris, France)
Michel Dutat (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, CNRS – UMR, 8554/DEC – ENS/EHESS, Paris, France)
Anne Christophe (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, CNRS – UMR, 8554/DEC – ENS/EHESS, Paris, France)

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