Journal article

Articulation or phonology? Evidence from longitudinal error data

Barbara Dodd, Sheena Reilly, Kyriaki Ttofari Eecen, Angela T Morgan

CLINICAL LINGUISTICS & PHONETICS | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Children's speech difficulties can be motor (phone misarticulation) or linguistic (impaired knowledge of phonological contrasts and constraints). These two difficulties sometimes co-occur. This paper reports longitudinal data from the Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS) at 4 and 7 years of age. Of 1494 participants, 93 made non-age appropriate speech errors on standardised assessments at 4 years, and were able to be reassessed at 7 years. At 4 years, 85% of these children only made phonological errors, 14% made both articulation and phonological errors and one child only made articulation errors (a lateral lisp). In total, 8 of 13 children making both articulation and phonological errors..

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