A project of many years, entitled “Speech sound characteristics of early words: influence of phonological factors across vocabulary development” was accepted this week for publication in Journal of Child Language!
This project is a collaboration with Dr. Barbara Davis, emeritus professor in the department of Communications Sciences and Disorders, and PhD candidate Hoyoung Yi. Many Child Language Lab research assistants helped with this project, which analyzes many hours of spontaneous speech from children aged 6 months to 3 years! The study investigates whether children choose to say words based on the sounds they can already produce (so as a very basic example, when a child is good at saying “p” sounds, does this child say more words with “p”s compared to words that contain sounds (s)he may not be able to say very well yet?). You can find the paper under Publications.