Publication type: Conference poster
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Pragmatic prosody development from 3 to 8 years of age : a cross-sectional study in Catalan
Authors: Pronina, Mariia
Hübscher, Iris
Vilà-Giménez, Ingrid
Prieto, Pilar
et. al: No
Conference details: Speech Prosody, Lisbon, Portugal, 23-26 May 2022
Issue Date: 2022
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 400: Language, linguistics
Abstract: Research on prosodic development has mostly focused on infants’ skills, and there is much less research on preschool and older children’s prosodic abilities and in particular on the advanced pragmatic uses of prosody (i.e., pragmatic prosody). The present crosssectional study assesses children’s expressive pragmatic prosody profiles in three developmental stages. A total of 167 3-to-8-year-old Catalan-speaking children undertook the Audiovisual Pragmatic Test, which includes 35 everyday scenarios and elicits different speech act types. A total of 5697 answers were scored for prosodic appropriateness: 34%, 73% and 90% of the prosodically felicitous answers were produced at ages 3–4, 5–6 and 7–8, correspondingly. The results showed that, at all ages, children successfully produced basic expressive acts, unbiased assertions and requests. A significant difference was found between the performance of biased vs. unbiased, and basic vs. complex expressive acts at ages 3 and 5 (ps < .010, ps < .05), but not at 8 (ps > .05). Between ages 3 and 6 years, children develop pragmatic unbiased and basic expressive marking through prosody, while the biased and complex expressive meanings are refined later, between ages 6 and 8 years. Our finding suggest that prosodic abilities undergo developmental changes throughout childhood.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/26034
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Language Competence (ILC)
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