Prosodic exaggeration within infant-directed speech: Consequences for vowel learnability.

  title={Prosodic exaggeration within infant-directed speech: Consequences for vowel learnability.},
  author={Frans Adriaans and Daniel Swingley},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  volume={141 5},
Perceptual experiments with infants show that they adapt their perception of speech sounds toward the categories of the native language. How do infants learn these categories? For the most part, acoustic analyses of natural infant-directed speech have suggested that phonetic categories are not presented to learners as separable clusters of sounds in acoustic space. As a step toward explaining how infants begin to solve this problem, the current study proposes that the exaggerated prosody… CONTINUE READING


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