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ERIC Number: EJ1019079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-6590
The Influence of Phonotactic Probability on Word Recognition in Toddlers
MacRoy-Higgins, Michelle; Shafer, Valerie L.; Schwartz, Richard G.; Marton, Klara
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, v30 n1 p117-130 Feb 2014
This study examined the influence of phonotactic probability on word recognition in English-speaking toddlers. Typically developing toddlers completed a preferential looking paradigm using familiar words, which consisted of either high or low phonotactic probability sound sequences. The participants' looking behavior was recorded in response to correctly-produced and incorrectly-produced forms of familiar words. Results indicate that toddlers were more sensitive to mispronunciations of high probability words as compared to low probability words. Toddlers' word recognition skills were more closely related to the frequency with which they have heard and produced phonological sequences, rather than word familiarity. These findings are discussed in terms of toddlers with expressive language delay.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory; Preschool Language Scale; Bayley Scales of Infant Development
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