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Contrastive Focus in Children Acquiring English and ASL: Cues of Prominence
Kadir Gökgöz, Ksenia Bogomolets, Lyn Tieu, Jeffrey Levi Palmer, and Diane Lillo-Martin
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In this paper, novel data concerning the marking of contrastive focus in two modalities are presented. Using data from an elicitation task conducted with children acquiring English and children acquiring American Sign Language (ASL), focused constituents in both speech and sign modalities are shown to be marked by a bundle of prosodic features. It is observed that increased duration and intensity are cross-linguistically relevant cues of contrastive focus despite the differences between the two modalities.

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Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2015)
edited by Laurel Perkins, Rachel Dudley, Juliana Gerard, and Kasia Hitczenko
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