Preschool children’s consistency of word production

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Holm, Alison, Van Reyk, Olivia, Crosbie, Sharon, De Bono, Simone, Morgan, Angela and Dodd, Barbara. (2023). Preschool children’s consistency of word production. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. 37(3), pp. 223-241. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2022.2041099
AuthorsHolm, Alison, Van Reyk, Olivia, Crosbie, Sharon, De Bono, Simone, Morgan, Angela and Dodd, Barbara
Abstract

Consistency of word production contributes to carers’ ability to understand children’s speech. Reports of the proportion of words produced consistently by typically developing preschool children, however, vary widely from 17% to 87%. This paper examines the quantitative (consistency count) and qualitative (e.g. phonemic analysis) characteristics of word consistency in 96 children aged 36–60 months. Children named 15 pictures twice, in separate trials, in the same assessment session. The mean consistency of the production for the whole group was 82%. Older children were more consistent than younger children. Girls were more consistent than boys. Words produced correctly in one trial and in error in another may indicate resolving error patterns. Words produced in error in two different ways provided useful evidence about the nature of inconsistent word production in typically developing children. The clinical and theoretical implications are discussed.

Keywordsconsistency; phonology; word production; speech development; speech sound disorder
Year2023
JournalClinical Linguistics & Phonetics
Journal citation37 (3), pp. 223-241
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0269-9206
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2022.2041099
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85125909037
Page range223-241
FunderNational Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
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Online24 Feb 2022
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Accepted01 Feb 2022
Deposited01 Mar 2023
Grant ID1153614
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