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dc.contributor.authorTheaux, Heather M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:50:59Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:50:59Z
dc.date.issued1997-05-08en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-1624102249741411en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/36520
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of the present study was to tease apart the paralinguistic from the linguistic aspects of infants' perception of infant-directed (ID) speech. Several studies have shown that infants beginning at a few days after birth discriminate native from nonnative speech and can discriminate specific contours (rising, falling, rising-falling) in ID speech. Some studies have also indicated that infants at 4.5 months of age prefer their own name over other names but at 6 months of age, fail to prefer a sentence with their own name embedded in it. Using a discrimination procedure, the current study investigated whether 6-month-old infants could detect a change in contour and/or a change in words when listening to ID utterances. Results indicated that 6-month-old infants detected both a contour and a word change. From these results, it is argued that as has been shown in other exper- iments, infants are extremely sensitive to subtle changes in speech. Furthermore, ID speech appears to facilitate infants' ability to discriminate small changes in ID speech (both linguistic and paralinguistic). It is suggested that future studies investigate more discrete changes in speech samples and a replication of this research with adult-directed (AD) speech.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectword discriminationen_US
dc.subjectpitch contoursen_US
dc.subjectinfant directed speechen_US
dc.titleDiscrimination of Linguistic and Prosodic Information In Infant-Directed Speech by Six-Month-Oldsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairCooper, Robin K. Pannetonen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBell, Martha Annen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCrawford, Helen J.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-1624102249741411/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-07-13en_US
dc.date.rdate1997-05-08
dc.date.adate1997-05-08en_US


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