The acquisition of compound vs. phrasal stress: the role of prosodic constituents

  title={The acquisition of compound vs. phrasal stress: the role of prosodic constituents},
  author={Irene Vogel and Eric Raimy},
  journal={Journal of Child Language},
  pages={225 - 250}
This paper investigates the acquisition of compound vs. phrasal stress (hót dog vs. hot dóg) in English. This has previously been shown to be acquired quite late, in contrast to recent research showing that infants both perceive and prefer rhythmic patterns in their own language. Subjects (40 children in four groups the averages ages of which are 5;4, 7;2, 9;3 and 11;6 and 10 adults) were shown pairs of pictures representing a compound word and the corresponding phrase. They heard a prerecorded… 

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