Development of phonological coding abilities L1-German speaking children


The project was focused on phonological variation in early L1 German child speech. The point of departure was speech-perception in infants and neonates. Eight children were followed from their first word until their vocabulary contained xxx-375 words. We tried to record as many tokens per word as possible during weekly sessions of at least one hour. It was found that segment-based coding tended to be preceeded by articulatory patterns and that right from the beginning the syllable structures were not limited to CV(CV). The kind of variation found across the children reflected articulatory, as well as processing problems.

Principal collaborator: S. Wichmann, B. Krüger, T. Piske, U. Lindner, F. Schindel