Prosodic phenomena: Stress, tone and intonation

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Prosodic phenomena such as stress, tone and intonation have been the focus of much developmental research as well as theoretical work in phonology. This review presents an overview of research that explores the relationship between the development of prosodic phenomena and linguistic models of phonological structure, particularly, metrical stress theory and autosegmental phonology. The review surveys what is currently known about the developmental course of stress, tone and intonation in infants and children, introduces research that investigates the role of organizational principles of phonological structure in the acquisition of these prosodic phenomena, and discusses the evidence and arguments for this approach toward understanding phonological acquisition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics
EditorsJeffrey Lidz, William Snyder, Joe Pater
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199601264
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks in Linguistics
PublisherOxford University Press


  • language acquisition
  • phonology
  • prosody
  • stress
  • tone


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