Lexical stress contrastivity in typically developing Italian children

Joanne Arciuli, Lucia Colombo

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There has been substantial progress in understanding the production of individual speech sounds. Much less is known about prosodic aspects of speech
production. Lexical stress is the prosodic contrast between strong and weak syllables within single words (compare ‘INcense’ with ‘inCENSE’ in
English). The ability to achieve stress contrastivity during speech production shows a protracted developmental trajectory in healthy children and can be atypical in some individuals within certain populations (e.g., autism spectrum disorders). Almost all previous research in this area has examined speakers of English. One important gap in our understanding is whether lexical stress production seen in typically developing children is similar across languages. Here we provide new data regarding lexical stress production in typically developing Italian children (3-5 years), and a comparison with published data from English speaking children.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Place of PublicationGlasgow, UK
ISBN (Electronic)9780852619414
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015
Conference number: 18th


Conference18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Abbreviated titleICPhS 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Speech production
  • Lexical stress
  • Prosody
  • Acoustic
  • Pairwise variability index PVI


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