ERIC Number: ED161266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: N/A
Phonemic Discrimination and the Knowledge of Words in Children under 3 Years. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, No. 11.
Several studies have begun to investigate the claim that children can make most phonological discriminations when they begin to speak. This paper investigates how well children aged 2;3 to 2;11 can discriminate between pairs of minimally different real words, and it shows that the results are affected by how well the children know the words. It is argued that in some earlier studies not knowing the words well enough may have given the impression of worse discrimination abilities. The present study makes several methodological improvements on the earlier studies. Pilot work had suggested that how well children know the words interfered with the results, so this variable was made a central part of the study. Also, on the assumption that children around two-and-a-half years of age can make many of the discriminations, those discriminations least likely to be known were investigated. (Author/NCR)
Descriptors: Auditory Discrimination, Child Language, Cognitive Development, Distinctive Features (Language), Language Acquisition, Language Learning Levels, Language Research, Language Skills, Linguistic Competence, Linguistic Performance, Perception Tests, Perceptual Development, Phonemes, Phonology, Preschool Children, Psycholinguistics, Speech, Verbal Development, Vocabulary Development, Word Recognition
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Committee on Linguistics.