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Title: Phonological changes during the transition from one-word to productive word combination
Author: Katsura Aoyama
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Institution: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 37, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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