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ERIC Number: ED037705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-31
Pages: 40
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Speech Registers in Young Children.
Weeks, Thelma E.
This study of child language acquisition concerns various structural and paralinguistic features of language and examines their role in the total language acquisition process. The informants were three children (two boys and one girl) aged five years, two months; three years, four months; and one year, nine months. Their speech was recorded over a six-week period which resulted in a total of forty hours of recorded speech. After examining the recorded material, the investigator could identify ten language features, which she calls "speech registers"-(1) Whisper, (2) Softness, (3) Loudness, (4) Clarification, (5) Fuzzy Speech, (6) High Pitch, (7) Grammatical Modification, (8) Phonetic Modification, (9) Exaggerated Intonation, and (10) Mimicry. This paper describes in detail the language phenomena recorded, emphasizing important or surprising discoveries. She concludes that exaggerated intonation was the most versatile of all registers as a means of communication for children without adequate vocabulary, and that children learn a number of identifiable registers and begin to use them at almost the same age as they learn to use language itself. (FB)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, San Francisco, December 31, 1969