ERIC Number: ED105740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Phonological Development: Does Misperception Play a Role in Children's Misarticulations? Montreal Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 1.
Smith (1973), Stampe (1972), and Braine (1973) believe that by the time the child speaks his perception is well-developed, and that any discrepancy between child forms and adult forms are due to organizational and production difficulties. Other linguists believe immature perception determines the form of child speech. This paper suggests that children with articulation and/or reading and spelling dfficulties have failed to learn the phonological system of English and that in many cases the deviant phonological system reflects delayed or disordered perceptual abilities. Two kinds of tests, the oral verbal intelligence tests and the "phonic" spelling tests, are suggested as ways of gaining insight into the nature of possible misperceptions. It is further suggested that a child's success in verbal development depends on his ability to perceive the discrepancy between his forms and adult forms, and that the role of perceptual constraints should be considered in the investigation of deviant phonological systems. Studies of children with delayed language skills enable linguists to study phenomena that pass by too rapidly to be studied in most children. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montreal Univ. (Quebec).; Quebec Univ., Montreal.; McGill Univ., Montreal (Quebec).