Baby word rhythm preferences of Japanese infants

Akiko Hayashi, Kyoko Yoshioka, Reiko Mazuka
1998 Journal of the Acoustical Society of America  
Questionnaires to Japanese mothers reveaIed that many words they use in child-directed speech take the form of XSX or XSXS (X = regular mora; s = special mora). Using a head-turn listening preference paradigm, 8-10 month old Japanese infants were found to show a preference in listening to lists of pseudo-words that conform to the XSX pattern when compared to another list of words with three regular morae (XXX). 4-6 month old infants showed no such preference. An additional experiment eliminated
more » ... the possibility that the results of the first experiment were simply based on the presence or absence of special morae in the lists.
doi:10.1121/1.421810 fatcat:yh3ora2fyvaznjsh5sfg5nzljy