Toddlers are sensitive to prosodic correlates of disfluency in spontaneous speech

The ability to distinguish fluent from disfluent speech could play an important role in infants’ acquisition of their first language. Across two experiments using a Headturn Preference Procedure, we show that infants are able to distinguish fluent from disfluent speech based on its prosodic characteristics, and show a preference for listening to fluent… CONTINUE READING