Tid: Onsdagen 17 april kl. 15.00-17.00

Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

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Abstract

Onomatopoeic word forms are often overlooked in studies of early language development (e.g. Fikkert & Levelt (2008), Behrens (2007)), yet they have been found to occur regularly among the first words of infants acquiring a range of languages (Menn & Vihman (2011)). Analysis of onomatopoeic word forms produced in child-directed speech has shown that these word forms are often produced with irregular prosody and extra-phonetic features, referred to by Rhodes (1994) as ‘wild’ features. It is hypothesised that these ‘wild’ linguistic features heard in the input render onomatopoeic forms more salient to infants, facilitating recall and production in the output. This study tests phonological ‘wildness’ as a linguistic queue in early language development, using eye-tracking to determine whether infants are able to recognise the phonological structures of onomatopoeic word forms when all ‘wild’ features are removed.

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