Articulation Development in Preschool Children Consistency of Productions Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1986
Articulation Development in Preschool Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kathryn W. Kenney
    Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Elizabeth M. Prather
    Arizona State University, Tempe
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   March 01, 1986
Articulation Development in Preschool Children
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1986, Vol. 29, 29-36. doi:10.1044/jshr.2901.29
History: Received April 9, 1985 , Accepted September 5, 1985
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1986, Vol. 29, 29-36. doi:10.1044/jshr.2901.29
History: Received April 9, 1985; Accepted September 5, 1985

The purpose of this study was to describe the consistency of productions of /θ, r, l, s, ∫, t∫, f, t, k/ in releasing and arresting position for 2 ½- to 5-year-old children. The Coarticulation Assessment in Meaningful Language (Kenney & Prather, 1984) was given to 360 children, 60 at each of six age levels. A four-way multivariate analysis of variance with repeated measures on the last two factors was used to test for main effects and interactions among age, sex, phoneme, and position. These children produced /θ, ∫, t∫, l, f/ with greater accuracy in the releasing position, but articulated /k, s, t/ at similar levels of accuracy in both positions. They produced /r/ with greater accuracy as a vocalic allophone. Further patterns and interactions are discussed.

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