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Lexicon–phonology relationships and dynamics of early language development – a commentary on Stoel-Gammon's ‘Relationships between lexical and phonological development in young children’*

  • JAN EDWARDS (a1), BENJAMIN MUNSON (a2) and MARY E. BECKMAN (a3)

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We applaud Stoel-Gammon's (this issue) call for a more comprehensive account of the relationship between lexicon and phonology, and we strongly endorse her suggestions for future research. However, we think that it will not be enough simply to integrate findings and methods from the adult-centered and child-centered literatures. Both of these literatures suggest that we need to rethink standard assumptions about what phonological representations are and how they emerge to support the very large vocabularies that speakers develop over the course of a lifetime. Our commentary focuses on three themes relevant to this reconceptualization.

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Address for correspondence: Jan Edwards, Department of Communicative Disorders, UW-Madison, Goodnight Hall, 1976 Willow Dr., Madison, WI 53706. Tel: 608 262-6474. Fax: 608 262-6464. Email: jedwards2@wisc.edu.

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This work was supported in part by NIH grant R01 DC02932 and NSF grant BCS0729140 to Jan Edwards, by NSF grant BCS0729277 to Benjamin Munson and by NSF grant BCS0729306 to Mary E. Beckman.

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