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Academic Paper

Title: Phonological selection patterns in early words: A preliminary cross-linguistic investigation
Author: Barbara Davis
Author: Florence Chenu
Author: Hoyoung Yi
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Phonology
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Some researchers have suggested that young children choose to say mainly words containing sounds they can produce and avoid words with sounds they find difficult to produce. This proposed pattern of ‘selection’ supports a hypothesis of dominance of phonological factors in words children choose to say. Based on longitudinal spontaneous data samples during their first 50 word period, word-based tokens produced by two English and two French monolingual children were analyzed. Token frequencies in spontaneously produced word targets (SW-T) were compared to children's actual productions (SW-A) of those target words to understand relationships between targets children choose to say and their patterns in actual productions, (i.e., to evaluate the presence of ‘selection’). Place of articulation (i.e., labial, coronal and dorsal) in initial word position within CV, CVC, and CVCV word forms was compared. Analysis of spontaneous output in daily interactions in children learning two languages with differing phonological systems enables a more general evaluation of issues related to the interface of phonological and lexical aspects during the earliest period of language acquisition.


This article appears IN Canadian Journal of Linguistics Vol. 63, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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