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ERIC Number: EJ967894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0269-9206
Consonant Inventories in the Spontaneous Speech of Young Children: A Bootstrapping Procedure
Van Severen, Lieve; Van Den Berg, Renate; Molemans, Inge; Gillis, Steven
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, v26 n2 p164-187 Feb 2012
Consonant inventories are commonly drawn to assess the phonological acquisition of toddlers. However, the spontaneous speech data that are analysed often vary substantially in size and composition. Consequently, comparisons between children and across studies are fundamentally hampered. This study aims to examine the effect of sample size on the resulting consonant inventories. A spontaneous speech corpus of 30 Dutch-speaking 2-year-olds was used. The results indicate that in order to construct and compare inventories reliably, they should be drawn from speech samples that are equally large. A new consonant inventory procedure is introduced. The implementation of this procedure demonstrates considerably less variation in inventory size across children and word positions than reported previously. This finding has important implications for clinical studies that constructed and compared inventories of typically and atypically developing children without normalizing the sample size. (Contains 2 tables, 8 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belgium
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory