Phonological Development

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Simplification helps children to communicate. This mainly applies to consonants. There are three main kinds of phonological simplification:

  • deletion
    • deletion of a consonant, usually at the end of words e.g. 'ca' rather than 'car'
  • substitution
    • replacing a consonant with one that's easier to say e.g. 'wegs' rather than 'legs'
  • cluster reduction
    • when there's two or more consonants together in a word, a child may drop one of them e.g. 'geen' rather than 'green'

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