ERIC Number: EJ1078803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
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Reference Count: 24
A Phonological Analysis of Onomatopoeia in Early Word Production
Laing, Catherine E.
First Language, v34 n5 p387-405 Oct 2014
This article analyses longitudinal diary data from one infant acquiring German to seek a better understanding of the role of onomatopoeia in early language development. Onomatopoeic words (OWs) are traced over time in relation to their corresponding conventional forms (CWs), and an analysis of their phonological transitions is considered in relation to the infant's wider language development. OWs are found to serve as a bootstrapping mechanism on a lexical as well as a phonological level, and a lexical OW "template" is proposed, which is found to support phonological development throughout the infant's output.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Longitudinal Studies, Diaries, Language Acquisition, Figurative Language, Vocabulary Development, Phonology, Infants, German
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Identifiers - Location: Germany