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ERIC Number: ED177879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
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)
PRCLD, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Dept. of Linguistics.