14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Iconic Aspects of Prosody in French First Language Acquisition

Anne Lacheret-Dujour (1), Karine Martel (2), Jean Vivier (2)

(1) Elsap; (2) Cognitive Psychology Laboratory;
University of Caen, Caen, France

This paper is dealing with children prosodic development in a first language acquisition. It studies some aspects of prosodic structure acquisition in situations of dialogue in French between children and a competent speaker at two stages of acquisition: at the age of 17 and 32 months. The experiment is based on the hypothesis that prosodic events are biologically programmed to intervene as iconic gestures in order to convey the speakers' intentions in verbal interactions and to reveal his state of mind towards the situation of discourse. This prosodic role is all the more important since articulated language is not yet installed. The work presented here leads to the conclusion that even if prosodic acquisition is not a linear process - each stage of acquisition requires its own prosodic strategy - we can put in light prosodic invariants based on iconic strategies in terms of intonative and temporal gestures.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lacheret-Dujour, Anne / Martel, Karine / Vivier, Jean (1999): "Iconic aspects of prosody in French first language acquisition", In ICPhS-14, 2185-2188.