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The role of speech discrimination in developmental sound substitutions*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 September 2008

Rebecca E. Eilers
Affiliation:
Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami
D. Kimbrough Oller
Affiliation:
Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami

Abstract

Fourteen two-year-olds (M=2; o) were presented with minimal word pairs in a new and highly efficient experimental perception paradigm. The data provide a preliminary view of the relative difficulty of various minimal phonological contrasts for children. The study specifically focuses on perception of some phonological contrasts which usually are actualized and some which usually are not actualized in two-year-old child productions. The data suggest that perceptual difficulties probably play a substantial role in some childhood speech errors, but little, if any, role in others.

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