Vocal accommodation in family and peer networks in mid-childhood

Abstract : Acoustic variations are found in the vocal communication of many animals, including humans. Vocal structures can vary in relation to individual characteristics and group membership. Moreover, individuals can modify their vocalizations to match those of their partners during vocal exchanges. Although vocal matching has been extensively described by ethologists and sociolinguistics in adults, their ontogenetic mechanisms and functions remain unexplored. Therefore, we aimed to study whether and how children adjust their speech to different partners within both family and peer groups. In this perspective, an intensive singlecase study was conducted on a ten-year-old boy from a French village known for the use of a regional dialect. Dyadic conversations were recorded at home with family members and four close friends according to the duration of the relationship and their native origin. Various vernacular variants of general and regional local French were examined. Our results showed that the different partners had different uses of both general and regional variants, and that the child accommodated his speech to the identity of his partner.
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Nathaël Martin, Stéphanie Barbu, Jean-Pierre Chevrot. Vocal accommodation in family and peer networks in mid-childhood. Behavior 2009 - 31st International Ethological Conference, Aug 2009, Rennes, France. ⟨hal-01354825⟩

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