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ERIC Number: EJ819304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0269-9206
Methodological Questions in Studying Consonant Acquisition
Edwards, Jan; Beckman, Mary E.
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, v22 n12 p937-956 Dec 2008
Consonant mastery is one of the most widely used metrics of typical phonological acquisition and of phonological disorder. Two fundamental methodological questions concerning research on consonant acquisition are (1) how to elicit a representative sample of productions and (2) how to analyse this sample once it has been collected. This paper addresses these two questions by reviewing relevant aspects of experience in evaluating word-initial consonant accuracy from transcriptions of isolated-word productions elicited from 2- and 3-year-olds learning four different first languages representing a telling range of consonant systems (English, Cantonese, Greek, Japanese). It is suggested that both researchers and clinicians should consider a number of different item-related factors, such as phonotactic probability and word length, when constructing word lists to elicit consonant productions from young children. This study also proposes that transcription should be supplemented by acoustic analysis and the perceptual judgements of naive listeners. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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