Are Prosodic Units Universally Important to Children in their Early Language Acquisition? Korean children's Detection and Use o

Volume 2
Issue 2
Youngon Choi & Reiko Mazuka
Do Korean children show similar sensitivity to language-specific prosodic properties as English-learning infants have displayed? The current study investigated whether Korean children between the age of 3 and 5 years could detect prosodic units such as Intonational Phrases (IP) and/or Accentual Phrases (AP) using physical properties associated with the prosodic structure, and whether they could also use these units in processing the speech input. The results of the experiment indicated that children could use the prosodic phrasing patterns to segment the speech as well as to understand meanings, using the relevant prosodic and segmental cues.