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Spanish-English Articulation and Phonology of 4- and 5-Year-Old Preschool Children : An Initial Investigation

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Alejandro Brice

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November 2009

Date Available

April 2011


In this study, it was postulated that typically developing (i.e., normally developing without incidence of a speech or language delay or disorder) Spanish/English speaking children ages 4 to 5 years old would show different articulation productions and phonological patterns in both languages. Sixteen participants from Florida were tested with Spanish and English articulation and phonology tests. For articulation, two manner or articulation comparisons were found to be significant (i.e., plosives and liquids/glides). In addition, two phonological patterns (i.e., stopping and velar fronting) were significantly different. Normative articulation and phonological Spanish and English data were obtained and should be useful for today's public school speech-language pathologists. Further research should include normative data for bilingual children with articulation and/or phonological disorders to develop more appropriate treatments. In addition, it is recommended that other languages be investigated as the nation is also experiencing growth in languages beyond Spanish.


Author's manuscript version. The final full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Communication Disorders Quarterly, v31 n1 p3-14 2009. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.





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