Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage - Elena Babatsouli

Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage - Elena Babatsouli

5. The Production of Selected Phonemically Short versus Long Hungarian Vowel Pairs by 5-, 6, and 7-Year Olds

Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage - Elena Babatsouli

Ferenc Bunta [+-]
University of Houston
Ferenc Bunta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. His research focuses primarily on bilingual and cross-linguistic phonological acquisition in both typical populations and individuals with communication disorders(such as children with hearing loss). His work has included both children and adults ranging from children undergoing bilingual as first language acquisition to later second language learners.
Tilda Neuberger [+-]
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Tilda Neuberger is a research fellow in the Department of Phonetics at the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She received her PhD in Hungarian linguistics from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest in 2013. Her research interests include speech and language development of 5–14-year-old children. Her current research focuses on the phonetic and phonological aspects of gemination in Hungarian.
Judit Bona [+-]
Eotvos Lorand University, Department of Phonetics
Judit Bóna is an associate professor in the Department of Phonetics at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. Since 2002 she has been teaching courses in Phonetics and Psycholinguistics. Her research focuses primarily on phonetic and psycholinguistic characteristics of speech in individuals of different ages from children to older adults, including populations who are typical and who have communication disorders (such as speakers with fluency disorders).
Alexandra Markó [+-]
Eötvös Loránd University
Alexandra Markó is an Associate Professor at the Department of Phonetics at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. Her research focuses primarily on spontaneous speech with special regard to intonation, temporal characteristics and voice quality (especially irregular phonation) both in typical and pathological speech. The subjects' age cover both the adulthood and the infancy from the age of 5. The pragmatic functions of prosody were also included in her studies, principally the suprasegmental characteristics of discourse markers. Her research has involved mainly acoustic analysis but recently it has been extended to articulatory investigations.
Agnes Jordanidisz [+-]
NILD for Educational Therapy
Agnes Jordanidisz has been the chair of the Association for Educational Needs since 2004 and, as the representative of NILD Educational Therapy in Central and Eastern Europe, she works in post­graduate teacher training. Her main research interest is child language development. Her PhD. research disclosed Hungarian children's phonological awareness development between ages 4 and 10.


This chapter investigates the differences in duration of 3 pairs of phonemically short versus long Hungarian vowels reflecting a vowel quantity contrast, produced by monolingual children from 5 to 7 years of age. We predict differentiation between phonemically short and long vowels produced by Hungarian-speaking children based on quantity and quality as well as more robust vowel differences over time that would become more pronounced in the productions of older children relative to their younger peers. Three groups of monolingual Hungarian-speaking children were selected based on age (5-year-olds, n=14; 6-year-olds, n=14, and 7-year-olds, n=14). Parent and teacher reports indicated no cognitive, speech, language, or hearing disorders in the participants. Audio recorded samples were collected from the children during interactions with the experimenter. Topics included the children’s lives, favorite pastimes, and favorite stories. PRAAT 5.0 (Boersma & Weenink 2015) was used to conduct the acoustic analyses of the target vowels (/i/, /iː/, /o/, /oː/, /u/ and /uː/), measuring the duration of the sound segments.

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Bunta, Ferenc; Neuberger, Tilda; Bona, Judit; Markó, Alexandra ; Jordanidisz, Agnes. 5. The Production of Selected Phonemically Short versus Long Hungarian Vowel Pairs by 5-, 6, and 7-Year Olds. Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 139-161 Jan 2018. ISBN 9781781795644. Date accessed: 18 Jan 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31672. Jan 2018

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