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ERIC Number: EJ777214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Phonotactic Probabilities in Young Children's Speech Production
Zamuner, Tania S.; Gerken, Louann; Hammond, Michael
Journal of Child Language, v31 n3 p515-536 Aug 2004
This research explores the role of phonotactic probability in two-year-olds' production of coda consonants. Twenty-nine children were asked to repeat CVC non-words that were used as labels for pictures of imaginary animals. The CVC non-words were controlled for their phonotactic probabilities, neighbourhood densities, word-likelihood ratings, and contained the identical coda across low and high phonotactic probability pairs. This allowed for comparisons of children's productions of the same coda consonant in low and high phonotactic probability environments. Children were significantly more likely to produce the same coda in high phonotactic probability non-words than in low phonotactic probability non-words. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that phonotactic probability is a predictor of coda production in English. Moreover, this finding provides further evidence for the role of the input and distribution of sound patterns in the ambient language as a basis for phonological acquisition. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Ottawa (Ontario).; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A