Child Language Acquisition

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  • Created on: 05-11-14 14:15


When acquiring language, children often simplify pronunciation by deleting certain sounds.

For example; 'raindrops' becomes 'raindops'.

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Sometimes children add vowels into a word or add syllables to a word to seperate consonants or recreave the CONSONANT VOWEL CONSONANT VOWEL pattern.

For example; "a snowowman"

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When a sound is assimilated into the main body of the word. A child will not pronounce the whole of the word but will only say the main part of the word.

For example; blue being pronounced "boo" or sky being pornounced as "ky"

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Where children use a easier sound rather than the one they find difficult to pronounce.

For example; that being pronounced as "dat".

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The repetition of a syllable or a word.

For example; "night night"

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Metathesis is when the sounds in a word become swapped around.

For example; telephone becoming "tephelone"

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Final Consonant Deletion

When a child drops the consonant at the end of a word.

For example; not pronouncing the T on "cat" or "hat"

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Consanant Cluster Reduction

This happens when a sound ina  word changes to sound a bit like another sound in the word.

For example; "chocoloate biscuit" becomes "cocker bisik"

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Weak Consonant Reduction

This is when children don't pronounce the unstressed syllable in a word.

For example; "little" becomes "iku"

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