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A connectionist study on the role of pitch in infant-directed speech.
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PMID:  22225130     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Infant-directed speech (IDS) is believed to facilitate language learning. However, the benefit may be either due to clearer acoustic correlates to linguistic structures, or simply increased attention from infants induced by IDS exaggerated prosody. This study investigated the pure effect of IDS pitch on lexical tone learning, with attentional/affective factors removed by using artificial neural networks. Following training with the pitch of Mandarin tones in IDS versus adult-directed speech, the networks yielded equal tonal categorization for both registers. IDS pitch produced no additional linguistic support. IDS pitch appears to strictly play the non-linguistic role of attention/affect, which may indirectly benefit learning.
Bruno Gauthier; Rushen Shi
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  130     ISSN:  1520-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  EL380     Citation Subset:  IM    
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