This study investigates possible prosodic explanations for children's variable production of French determiners. Spontaneous production data from two French-speaking children, Tim and Marie (age 1;5-2;5), were analyzed. The results show a clear effect of prosodic restrictions on the children's determiner production, with determiners appearing first with monosyllabic words, next with disyllabic words, and finally with trisyllabic words. The results also show that the individual differences between the two children can be accounted for in terms of differential access to the Prosodic Hierarchy. Prosodic constraints thus provide a framework for understanding the variability in children's early production of French determiners.
Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA)
edited by Alyona Belikova, Luisa Meroni, and Mari Umeda
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