- Children will often simplify pronunciation by deleting certain sounds.
- Final consonants dropped - eg. the 't' sound in 'hat' and 'cat'.
- Unstressed syllables are often deleted - eg. 'banana' becomes 'nana'
- Consonant clusters are reduced - eg. 'snake' becomes 'nake', 'sleep' becomes 'seep'
- Another form of simlification involves substituting harder sounds with easier ones.
- R (as in rock or story) becomes /w/
- Th (and in there, that or thumb) becomes /d/, /n/ or /f/
- T (as in toe) becomes /d/
- P (as in pig) becomes /b/
Reduplication of sounds involves the repetition of familiar utternances - for example:
- 'Mama', 'Dada' or 'Lala'
BERKO and BROWN: 'Fis' phenominon
They describe how a child referred to a plastic fish as his 'fis'. When an adult asked 'is that your fis?' he replied 'no, its my fis'. When he was asked ' Is that your fish' the child responded 'yes, my fis'.
- This proves that understanding may develop faster than the ability to pronounce.