Evidence for Language-Specific Rhythmic Influences in the Reduplicative Babbling of French-and English-Learning Infants

@article{Levitt1991EvidenceFL,
  title={Evidence for Language-Specific Rhythmic Influences in the Reduplicative Babbling of French-and English-Learning Infants},
  author={Andrea G. Levitt and Q Wang},
  journal={Language and Speech},
  year={1991},
  volume={34},
  pages={235 - 249}
}
The reduplicative babbling of five French- and five English-learning infants was examined for evidence of language-specific rhythmic patterns. Three types of patterns were examined: final-syllable lengthening, timing of nonfinal syllables, and number of syllables per utterance. Both English and French exhibit final-syllable lengthening but, because of variable word stress, English tends to lengthen nonfinal stressed syllables, as well as final ones. Thus French final-syllable lengthening is… Expand

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