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Between-word junctures in early multi-word speech

Newton, C. and Wells, B. (2002) Between-word junctures in early multi-word speech. Journal of Child Language, 29 (2). pp. 275-299. ISSN 0305-0009


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Most children aged 1;6 to 2;0 begin to use utterances of two words or more. It is therefore important for child phonologists to consider the development of phonetic and phonological phenomena that characterize connected speech. The longitudinal case study reported here investigated three juncture types – assimilation, elision and liaison – in the speech of a typically-developing child between the ages of 2;4 and 3;4.

Attempts at production of these adult juncture types occurred from the onset of two-word utterances. However, for some juncture types, the child still had to perfect the intergestural relationships and gestural articulations that the adult between-word junctures demand. This process of phonetic development was largely accomplished by the age of 3;4. With one exception, between-word junctures appear not to be the result of learned phonological rules or processes. The exception is liaison involving /r/, which did not occur until the child was three years old.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2002 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > Department of Human Communication Sciences (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 11:07
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0305000902005044
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0305000902005044
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1571

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