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ERIC Number: ED177879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Word-Position in Fricative Acquisition. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, No. 16.
Edwards, Mary Louise
Pronunciation of words with a fricative content was elicited over a seven-month period from seven English-speaking children ranging in age from 1;5 to 2;3. The recorded speech was analyzed for correct fricative production and substitutions. Results indicate that: (1) overall percentage of correct production is slightly higher in final position than in other positions; (2) individual subjects did not favor a specific position for all fricatives, nor was one particular fricative consistently favored by all children; (3) although there is considerable variation, substitutions of tighter closure are found in highest concentration in prevocalic position, followed by initial preconsonantal position; (4) there was no clear longitudinal order progression of fricative substitutions; and (5) there is considerable evidence for an order of fricative acquisition that varies somewhat from child to child. (JB)
Descriptors: Child Language, Consonants, English, Error Analysis (Language), Individual Development, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Longitudinal Studies, Phonology, Preschool Children, Pronunciation
PRCLD, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Dept. of Linguistics.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (3rd, Boston, MA, September, 1978)