Early Phonological Behavior in Normal-Speaking and Language Disordered Children Evidence for a Synergistic View of Linguistic Disorders Reports
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Early Phonological Behavior in Normal-Speaking and Language Disordered Children
 
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Reports   |   August 01, 1980
Early Phonological Behavior in Normal-Speaking and Language Disordered Children
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1980, Vol. 45, 357-377. doi:10.1044/jshd.4503.357
History: Received September 14, 1977 , Accepted January 28, 1980
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1980, Vol. 45, 357-377. doi:10.1044/jshd.4503.357
History: Received September 14, 1977; Accepted January 28, 1980

Various aspects of the phonological behavior of three normal-speaking and three language disordered children, matched on the basis of mean utterance length, sex, and cognitive development, were compared. The children's spontaneous speech was analyzed to reveal selection constraints inferred from characteristics of the adult form of the words attempted by the child, production constraints inferred from characteristics of the children's productions, phonological processes, and five dimensions of phonological variability. While some individual variation was noted, no substantial group differences were revealed. The phonologies of the normal-speaking and language disordered children were strikingly similar. The implications of these similarities are discussed in terms of a synergistic view of linguistic disorders and remediation.

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