Use of Contrastive Stress by Preschool Children Twenty preschool children were asked to describe pairs of pictures, the second of which contrasted with the first in terms of agent, action, or object. The children showed a clear tendency to stress the part of the description corresponding to the contrasting element. This demonstrates mastery of contrastive stress patterns ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1970
Use of Contrastive Stress by Preschool Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Peter A. Hornby
    University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Wilbur A. Hass
    University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1970
Use of Contrastive Stress by Preschool Children
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1970, Vol. 13, 395-399. doi:10.1044/jshr.1302.395
History: Received August 21, 1969
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1970, Vol. 13, 395-399. doi:10.1044/jshr.1302.395
History: Received August 21, 1969

Twenty preschool children were asked to describe pairs of pictures, the second of which contrasted with the first in terms of agent, action, or object. The children showed a clear tendency to stress the part of the description corresponding to the contrasting element. This demonstrates mastery of contrastive stress patterns (in absence of any formal teaching) by young children. The technique provides a controlled means of eliciting this aspect of speech in children.

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