Articulatory timing refers to the temporal coordination of speech articulators to achieve motor goals in sequence. Given this definition, timing can be thought of either as a motor speech skill or as a language behavior. Whereas stable coordination patterns emerge with neuromotor maturation and speech motor practice ; goal sequencing emerges with the acquisition of language. Although this neat division within timing behavior that references « speech » versus « language » is compatible with a traditional performance/competence distinction, it is at odds with the interactionist perspective adopted in behavior-focused research on the acquisition of speech-language. Nonetheless, the division provides a good characterization of findings from two developmental studies we conducted recently. In particular, the findings from one study suggest a dissociation in the representation and execution of temporal patterns within words. The findings from the other suggest differential development of schwa reduction and coarticulation in DET+N sequences. In this talk, I will present both studies and endeavor to resolve the seeming contradiction between these findings and an interactionist perspective by incorporating them into a developmentally-sensitive model of speech production.
Outi Tuomainen (University of Potsdam)
Perception et production des voyelles nasales du français par des hispanophones d'Espagne et de Colombie
Michael A. Grosvald (Qatar University)
Martin Krämer (The Arctic Unversity of Norway)