Maximal Opposition Approach to Phonological Treatment The purpose of this paper was to evaluate a phonological treatment program of maximal rather than minimal feature contrasts by charting the course of learning in a child displaying a systematic error pattern involving the nonoccurrence of word-initial consonants. Generalization data indicated that the child learned 16 word-initial consonants following ... Reports
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Reports   |   February 01, 1989
Maximal Opposition Approach to Phonological Treatment
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1989, Vol. 54, 9-19. doi:10.1044/jshd.5401.09
History: Received September 23, 1987 , Accepted December 7, 1987
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1989, Vol. 54, 9-19. doi:10.1044/jshd.5401.09
History: Received September 23, 1987; Accepted December 7, 1987

The purpose of this paper was to evaluate a phonological treatment program of maximal rather than minimal feature contrasts by charting the course of learning in a child displaying a systematic error pattern involving the nonoccurrence of word-initial consonants. Generalization data indicated that the child learned 16 word-initial consonants following treatment of only three sets of maximal opposition contrasts. Overgeneralization data indicated that the child restructured his phonological system based on a larger concept of "word initialness." Basic components of and differences between various forms of contrast treatment are discussed.

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