Phonological aspects of Arandic baby talk

Turpin, Myfany, Demuth, Katherine and Campbell, April Ngampart (2014). Phonological aspects of Arandic baby talk. In Rob Pensalfini, Myfany Turpin and Diana Guillemin (Ed.), Language description informed by theory (pp. 49-80) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/slcs.147

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Author Turpin, Myfany
Demuth, Katherine
Campbell, April Ngampart
Title of chapter Phonological aspects of Arandic baby talk
Title of book Language description informed by theory
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1075/slcs.147
Series Studies in Language Companion Series (SLCS)
ISBN 9789027206145
ISSN 0165-7763
Editor Rob Pensalfini
Myfany Turpin
Diana Guillemin
Volume number 147
Chapter number 1
Start page 49
End page 80
Total pages 32
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Baby Talk (BT), also known as child-directed speech, is a non-standard form of speech used by adults when talking to infants. In Arandic languages BT involves the use of a small set of unique but widely known words, onomatopoeic-derived words, as well as phonological modifications to standard vocabulary. As in neighboring Warlpiri (Laughren 1984), Arandic BT contains a simplified phonology that conflates coronal contrasts and avoids rhotics and consonant clusters. Whilst standard Arandic words are mostly vowel-initial, this weak initial syllable is omitted in BT and the preferred CVCV(C) word structure is achieved through patterns of reduplication and truncation. The BT phonology becomes more complex with the perceived development of the child’s phonological competence, a case of fine-tuning over time.
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