Identification of phonological processes in preschool children's single-word productions

Wendy Cohen, Carolyn Anderson

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Speech and language therapists (SLTs) often refer to phonological data norms as part of their assessment protocols in evaluating the communication skills of the pre-school child. There is a variety of norms available and although broadly similar, differences are embedded within their definitions of mastery of the adult target system. Presence of velar fronting, stopping of affricates and [s] reduction in the dataset was found to mirror previous research. However, there was a lower than expected incidence by age groups of palato-alveolar fronting, stopping of fricatives and obstruent cluster reduction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-488
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
Issue number4
Early online date7 Mar 2011
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


  • phonology
  • speech development
  • typical development
  • preschool
  • preschool children
  • single word productions
  • word productions


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