Edited by Pilar Prieto and Núria Esteve-Gibert
[Trends in Language Acquisition Research 23] 2018
► pp. 317–342
Chapter 16. Bilingual children’s prosodic development
This chapter focuses on various domains of prosodic development – syllables, metrical feet, prosodic words, stress patterns, phonological phrases, intonation and rhythm – as they are acquired by bilingual children, exposed to two languages from birth: a societal or majority language and a minority or heritage language. The studies reviewed in this chapter discuss the bilingual acquisition of these prosodic domains and the influence of one language onto the other when children develop surrounded by two languages in contact. The discussion deals with the various aspects of the acquisition of prosody and prosodic structure described in the main section of the chapter, and reports on the outcomes of cross-language interaction: acceleration, delay, transfer, order of acquisition, and fusion.