Triggering a principle of phonemic acquisition

dc.contributor.authorGierut, Judith A.en
dc.contributor.authorMorrisette, Michele L.en
dc.description.abstractThis experimental clinical study evaluated different treatment manipulations of the principle of Laryngeal-Supralaryngeal Cyclicity as a follow-up to Gierut (1994b). Laryngeal-Supralaryngeal Cyclicity states that the acquisition of phonemic distinctions will occur as a bivalent cycle with laryngeal and supralaryngeal distinctions emerging in turn. In this study, children with seemingly static phonemic systems participated in a treatment programme that introduced sequentially new distinctions to the inventory. One child was presented with alternating laryngeal and supralaryngeal properties consistent with the principle, whereas the other child was exposed only to consecutive supralaryngeal distinctions. Results indicated that the latter treatment condition triggered greater phonemic expansion, as based on the longitudinal course of emergent phonemic distinctions for each child. These findings were comparable to those of the earlier investigation, and have implications for treatment efficacy and theories of language acquisition.en
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Institutes of Health DC00433, RR7031K, DC00076, DC001694 (PI: Gierut)en
dc.description.versionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics on January 1996, available online:
dc.identifier.citationGierut, J. A. & Morrisette, M. L. (1996). Triggering a principle of phonemic acquisition. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 10(1), 15-30. PMID: 20426512en
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Health Sciencesen
dc.rights© 1996 Taylor & Francis Ltd.en
dc.subjectchild phonologyen
dc.subjectclinical phonologyen
dc.subjectphonological disorders in childrenen
dc.subjectphonological treatmenten
dc.subjectLearnability Projecten
dc.subjectlanguage acquisitionen
dc.titleTriggering a principle of phonemic acquisitionen


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