ERIC Number: ED100154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Perception and Production in Child Phonology: The Testing of Four Hypotheses. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, No. 7.
Edwards, Mary Louise
Journal of Child Language, v1 n2 p205-219 Nov 1974
Perception and production data were collected from 28 children, ages 1 year 8 months to 3 years 11 months to test four specific hypotheses on the acquisition of initial fricatives and glides in English, based on the assumptions that perception precedes production and unmarked precedes marked. Perception data were collected by the Shvachkin-Garnica technique for "phonemic perception." Pairs of objects are given nonsense names, CVCs differing only in the initial sound; the child is asked to perform certain actions with the named objects and if he is correct 7 out of 10 trials, he is assumed to have demonstrated phonemic perception of the opposition in question. Production data were compared to the perception data. Results only partially confirm the hypotheses and indicate that (a) children as late as age 3 do not have complete phonemic perception, (b) phonemic perception develops gradually, generally in advance of production, and (c) the order of acquisition shows trends toward uniformity but is not universal. (Author)
Descriptors: Articulation (Speech), Auditory Perception, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Linguistic Performance, Perceptual Development, Phonemes, Phonology, Preschool Children
Cambridge University Press, American Branch, 32 East 57th St., New York, New York 10022 ($12.00 for single issue)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Committee on Linguistics.