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ERIC Number: EJ777179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 34
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Up Close and Personal: A Case Study of the Development of Three English Fillers
Feldman, Andrea; Menn, Lise
Journal of Child Language, v30 n4 p735-768 Nov 2003
As Peters (2001) has suggested, the young child's use of fillers seems to indicate awareness of distributionally-defined slots in which some as yet unidentified material belongs. One may view a filler as an emergent transitional form; as a slot that serves as an underspecified lexical entry for the accumulation of phonological and functional information; or as prosodic "sentence padding". We trace the development of three fillers in one English-acquiring child through seven months, from their first appearance about 1;9 through their re-analysis as English functors about age 2;4. We show how the description of these fillers requires an elaboration of the current framework for describing the emergence of morphology, from a one-dimensional to a multi-dimensional model. Finally, we argue that the neglect of such transitional and under-defined elements gives a false picture of development, making it appear as if language development takes place in discontinuous steps. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Language: English
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