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Title: Phonological changes during the transition from one-word to productive word combination
Author: Katsura Aoyama
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Homepage: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~aoyama
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Author: Ann M. Peters
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Institution: University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Author: Kimberly S WIinchester
Institution: Early Childhood Intervention Program
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Phonology
Abstract: We investigated developmental changes during the transition from one-word to two-word production, focusing on strategies to lengthen utterances phonologically and to control utterances suprasegmentally. We hypothesized that there is a period of reorganization at the onset of word combinations indicated by decreases in both filler syllables (Fillers) and final syllable lengthening (FSL). The data are from a visually impaired child (Seth) between 1 ; 6.21 and 1 ; 10.26. Seth produced many Fillers until 1 ; 9 when their number decreased for about two weeks after which they changed in nature. FSL was observed until 1 ; 8, but diminished at 1 ; 9. These two regressions coincide with the onset of word combination.

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