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Between-word processes in children with speech difficulties: insights from a usage-based approach to phonology

Newton, C; (2012) Between-word processes in children with speech difficulties: insights from a usage-based approach to phonology. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics , 26 (8) pp. 712-727. 10.3109/02699206.2012.697973. Green open access

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Abstract

There are some children with speech and/or language difficulties who are significantly more difficult to understand in connected speech than in single words. The study reported here explores the between-word behaviours of three such children, aged 11;8, 12;2 and 12;10. It focuses on whether these patterns could be accounted for by lenition, as suggested by a usage-based approach to phonology. The children carried out a repetition task, with sentences containing environments that can trigger assimilation and elision. Speech elicited was examined using a combination of perceptual and electropalatographic (EPG) analysis. All of the children produced instances of word boundary behaviours reported in adult speech, as well as some which are considered to be atypical. It is argued that all of these phenomena can be viewed as lenition, and that a usage-based approach to phonology has potential for providing a valuable framework for the description of between-word processes in disordered speech.

Type: Article
Title: Between-word processes in children with speech difficulties: insights from a usage-based approach to phonology
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3109/02699206.2012.697973
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/02699206.2012.697973
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: audiology & speech-language pathology, linguistics, rehabilitation, audiology & speech-language pathology, linguistics, rehabilitation, sci, rehabilitation, ssci, connected speech, electropalatography, speech production measurement, speech disorders, usage-based phonology, tongue-palate contact, connected speech, intelligibility, assimilation, disorders, patterns, therapy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1349851
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