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@ The syntactic skeleton: Partial syntactic structure through function words and prosody

XXIX Congresso Internacional de Psicologia em Berlin: apresentação de minha monografia de pós-graduação realizada para a obtenção do título de formação em Psicolinguistica pelo LSCP de Paris.

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Christophe, A., Millotte, S., Alves Limissuri, R. & Margules, S. (2008). The Syntactic Skeleton: Partial syntactic structure through function words and prosody. XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin (Allemagne), 20-25 Juillet 2008.


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The syntactic skeleton: Partial syntactic structure through function words and prosody


Many recent results show that infants, before 18 months of age, are sensitive to the function words of their native language as well as to its prosody. We propose that infants are able to exploit these two sources of information to build a partial syntactic structure, the syntactic skeleton (Christophe et al. in press, Language & Speech). Using a word detection task, we observed that 18-month-old French infants, just like adults, are able to predict the syntactic category of incoming words. Such information may help infants to constrain their acquisition of word meanings (e.g. noun = object, verb = action).