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Evidence for language-specific influence on the preference of stress patterns in infants learning an iambic language (Hebrew).
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PMID:  22361102     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background The ability of infants to develop recognition of a common stress pattern (CSP) that is language specific has been tested mainly in trochaic languages with a strong-weak (SW) CSP. The goals of the present study were: (1) to test Hebrew-learning infants (HLI) on their stress pattern preference in the Hebrew language, for which the WS stress pattern is the common one; and (2) to test whether HLI would generalize any preference for the CSP in Hebrew to English words, which belong to a different rhythmic class. Methods Fifty-six 9-month-old HLI were tested on their preference for SW and WS stress patterns using Hebrew and English bi-syllabic words with the Head-turn Preference Procedure. RESULTS: HLI showed preference for WS Hebrew words but for the SW English words. CONCLUSIONS: HLI recognize the CSP in their native language, supporting language-specific distributional learning by infants. This recognition, however, is not generalized to a foreign language with different prosodic characteristics.
Osnat Segal; Liat Kishon-Rabin
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-21
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Title:  Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1558-9102     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9705610     Medline TA:  J Speech Lang Hear Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Communication Disorders, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
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