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The Production and Modeling of Phonological Vowel Length Differences in Hungarian-Speaking Children and Their Caregivers

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Powell, Stacey
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Department of Communication Disorders; Dr. Krisztina Zajdó
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University of Wyoming
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2008-04-23

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Language-specific speech timing is essential for producing intelligible speech. Therefore, learning adult-like speech patterns with language specific segment durations is important for children. Understanding the relationship between speech timing characteristics of children and their adult models may allow us to formulate evidence-based treatment approaches for clinical populations with atypical speech timing patterns. The purpose of this project was to examine the production of vowel duration patterns in a group of 50 Hungarian-speaking children ages 2;0 to 4;0 years old. Participants produced tokens containing vowels with either short or long duration in bi-syllabic words /pipi/ and /pi:pi:/. Results suggests that children as young as 2;0 years old differentiate short vs. long vowel durations reliably. Independent of syllable position and stress pattern, phonologically long vowels at 4;0 years are not significantly longer than in younger age groups. In contrast, older children produce significantly shorter vowel durations in both syllable positions. These results indicate that it is challenging for children to control speech motor coordination when segment durations are shorter. To facilitate speech timing development in their children, mothers manipulate both short and long vowel durations while modeling speech. Clinical implications for the treatment of speech disordered populations will be discussed.
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From - Undergraduate Research Day 2008 - Celebration of Research - Abstracts
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Language acquisition--Age factors; Language acquisition--Parent participation; Speech

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Undergrauate Research Day 2008

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