Prosodic structure and syntactic acquisition : the case of the head-direction parameter

  title={Prosodic structure and syntactic acquisition : the case of the head-direction parameter},
  author={Anne Christophe and Marina Nespor and Maria Teresa Guasti and Brit Van Ooyen},
We propose that infants may learn about the relative order of heads and complements in their language before they know many words, on the basis of prosodic information (relative prominence within phonological phrases). We present experimental evidence that 6–12-week-old infants can discriminate two languages that differ in their head direction and its prosodic correlate, but have otherwise similar phonological properties (i.e. French and Turkish). This result supports the hypothesis that… CONTINUE READING

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