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The prosodic component of language plays a fundamental role in first language acquisition. Several experimental studies have established that newborn children are particularly sensitive to prosody and that they are able to identify the rhythm of their mother tongue among other languages (Nazzi a.o. 1998).

In the domain of prosodic studies, there are two main tendencies. The first one gives priority to descriptive and theoretical investigations, while the second concentrates more on direct observation of speech signals, on measurement of th…

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Thami Benkirane, “Prosody”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 April 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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