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Young childrens sensitivity to probabilistic phonotactics in the developing lexicon
 

Summary: Young childrenŐs sensitivity to probabilistic
phonotactics in the developing lexicon
Jeffry A. Coady*, Richard N. Aslin
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, USA
Received 19 March 2004; revised 21 July 2004
Available online 17 September 2004
Abstract
A series of three experiments examined childrenŐs sensitivity to probabilistic phonotactic
structure as reflected in the relative frequencies with which speech sounds occur and co-occur
in American English. Children, ages 21
2
and 31
2
years, participated in a nonword repetition task
that examined their sensitivity to the frequency of individual phonetic segments and to the fre-
quency of combinations of segments. After partialling out ease of articulation and lexical vari-
ables, both groups of children repeated higher phonotactic frequency nonwords more
accurately than they did low phonotactic frequency nonwords, suggesting sensitivity to pho-
neme frequency. In addition, sensitivity to individual phonetic segments increased with age.
Finally, older children, but not younger children, were sensitive to the frequency of larger

  

Source: Aslin, Richard N. - Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine