ERIC Number: ED191270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Phonological Processes in Fricative Acquisition. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, No. 17.
Edwards, Mary Louise
The research reported here was carried out to help establish the normal course of fricative acquisition as a basis for comparisons with abnormal development. Three questions concerning phonological processes were investigated as part of a larger study of fricative acquisition: (1) the phonological processes that underlie children's fricative substitutions and omissions; (2) processes that are most widespread in fricative acquisition; and (3) whether or not processes are gradually limited and suppressed during acquisition. The subjects for the study were six monolingual English-learning children, four boys and two girls, who were between the ages of 1.5 and 2.3 when data collection began; all were from similar middle-class backgrounds. Five word positions were considered in analysis of the data: initial prevocalic, initial preconsonantal, intervocalic, final post-vocalic, and final postconsonantal. This study shows two areas in which current models of phonological acquisition are inadequate; specifically the indication of how many processes apply in normal acquisition or which processes are most widespread, and an account of the variable nature of process application. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Dept. of Linguistics.