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Repetition of words and non-words in typically developing children: The role of prosody
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuroscience. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6623-1846
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuroscience. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Disability Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Otorhinolaryngology in Linköping.
2014 (English)In: First language, ISSN 0142-7237, E-ISSN 1740-2344, Vol. 34, no 5, 428-449 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study, segmental and prosodic aspects of word repetition and non-word repetition in typically developing children aged four to six years were investigated. Focus was on developmental differences, and on how tonal word accent and word length affect segment production accuracy. Prosodically controlled words and non-words were repeated by 44 Swedish-speaking children. Repetition accuracy for both words and non-words increased with age, and was higher for words than non-words. Further, tonal word accents I and II provided different conditions for segment repetition in favor of accent II during both word repetition and non-word repetition for older children, but only during word repetition for younger children. This suggests age-dependent differences regarding how prosody is stored and integrated with segments. The findings have theoretical significance regarding the role of prosody in the perception, processing and production of phonological information. There are also clinical implications concerning the interpretation of repetition tasks and the potential use of prosody in speech and language intervention.

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Sage Publications, 2014. Vol. 34, no 5, 428-449 p.
Keyword [en]
Non-word repetition, phonology, prosody, Swedish, tonal word accent, typical language development, word repetition
Keyword [sv]
Nonordsrepetition, fonologi, prosodi, svenska, ordaccent, typisk språkutveckling, ordrepetition
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Clinical Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111521DOI: 10.1177/0142723714550213ISI: 000343246200003OAI: diva2:757277
Available from: 2014-10-21 Created: 2014-10-21 Last updated: 2014-12-02Bibliographically approved

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