- Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
- The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics
- List of Abbreviations
- The Acquisition of Phonological Inventories
- Phonotactics and Syllable Structure in Infant Speech Perception
- Phonological Processes in Children’s Productions: Convergence with and Divergence from Adult Grammars
- Prosodic Phenomena: Stress, Tone, and Intonation
- Compound Word Formation
- Morpho-phonological Acquisition
- Processing Continuous Speech in Infancy: From Major Prosodic Units to Isolated Word Forms
- Argument Structure
- Voice Alternations (Active, Passive, Middle)
- On the Acquisition of Prepositions and Particles
- A-Movement in Language Development
- The Acquisition of Complements
- Acquisition of Questions
- Root Infinitives in Child Language and the Structure of the Clause
- Mood Alternations
- Null Subjects
- Case and Agreement
- Acquiring Possessives
- Acquisition of Comparatives and Degree Constructions
- Quantification in Child Language
- The Acquisition of Binding and Coreference
- Logical Connectives
- The Expression of Genericity in Child Language
- Lexical and Grammatical Aspect
- Scalar Implicature
- Computational Theories of Learning and Developmental Psycholinguistics
- Statistical Learning, Inductive Bias, and Bayesian Inference in Language Acquisition
- Computational Approaches to Parameter Setting in Generative Linguistics
- Learning with Violable Constraints
- Language Development in Children with Developmental Disorders
- The Genetics of Spoken Language
- Phonological Disorders: Theoretical and Experimental Findings
- Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
Abstract and Keywords
The present chapter focuses on fluent speech segmentation abilities in early language development. We first review studies exploring the early use of major prosodic boundary cues which allow infants to cut full utterances into smaller-sized sequences like clauses or phrases. We then summarize studies showing that word segmentation abilities emerge around 8 months, and rely on infants’ processing of various bottom-up word boundary cues and top-down known word recognition cues. Given that most of these cues are specific to the language infants are acquiring, we emphasize how the development of these abilities varies cross-linguistically, and explore their developmental origin. In particular, we focus on two cues that might allow bootstrapping of these abilities: transitional probabilities and rhythmic units.
Louise Goyet is lecturer at the Laboratoire Paragraphe, University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis. Her work mainly examines underlying phonological and lexical acquisition: word segmentation process in monolingual French-learning infants and lexical categorization in bilingual infants. Although her work focus on recognition of verbally labelled facial expressions (the conceptualization process) in mono- and bilingual children.
Séverine Millotte is Associate Professor at the Laboratoire d’Etude de l’Apprentissage et du Développement, CNRS, University of Burgundy, where she studies lexical and syntactic acquisition in infants as well as language processing in adults. She also trains future school teachers in the Ecole Supérieure du Professorat et de l’Education (ESPE) of Dijon and just began new research examining the role of school timetables and the impact of new digital technologies on learning in school-aged children.
Anne Christophe is Research Director at CNRS as well as director of the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, in Paris (Ecole Normale Supérieure / PSL Research University / EHESS / CNRS). Her research focusses on how young children may bootstrap early lexical and syntactic acquisition by relying on sources of information available early on from the acoustic signal, namely phrasal prosody and function words. She uses experimentation with infants and toddlers as well as computational modelling.
Thierry Nazzi is Research Director at the Laboratorie Psychologie de la Perception, CNRS-University Paris Descartes. His work mainly examines the mechanisms underlying phonological and lexical acquisition and processing, and their interactions, from birth to adulthood. Although his work focuses on French-learning infants, his interest in crosslinguistic variation has led him to compare acquisition across languages, including English, German, Hungarian, Japanese and Cantonese. Thierry Nazzi is currently associate editor of Language and Speech.
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