Authors: Von Holzen, Katie
Nazzi, Thierry
Title: Emergence of a consonant bias during the first year of life
Other Titles: new evidence from own-name recognition
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: Recent evidence suggests that during the first year of life, a preference for consonant information during lexical processing (consonant bias) emerges, at least for some languages like French. Our study investigated the factors involved in this emergence as well as the developmental consequences for variation in consonant bias emergence. In a series of experiments, we measured 5-, 8-, and 11-month-old French-learning infants orientation times to a consonant or vowel mispronunciation of their own name, which is one of the few word forms familiar to infants at this young age. Both 5- and 8-month-olds oriented longer to vowel mispronunciations, but 11-month-olds showed a different pattern, initially orienting longer to consonant mispronunciations. We interpret these results as further evidence of an initial vowel bias, with consonant bias emergence by 11 months. Neither acoustic-phonetic nor lexical factors predicted preferences in 8- and 11-month-olds. Finally, counter to our predictions, a vowel bias at the time of test for 11-month-olds was related to later productive vocabulary outcomes.
Subject Headings (RSWK): Konsonant
Sprachverarbeitung <Psycholinguistik>
Personenname
Orientierungsreaktion
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2003/40360
http://dx.doi.org/10.17877/DE290R-22235
Issue Date: 2020-04-03
Appears in Collections:Linguistik des Deutschen mit den Schwerpunkten Deutsch als Fremdsprache/Deutsch als Zweitsprache

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