Authors: Wolfe VI, Blocker SD, Prater NJ
Title: Articulatory Generalization in Two Word-Medial, Ambisyllabic Contexts
Source: Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools 1988 19(3): 251-258
Year: 1988
Research Design: Single Case Design

Articulatory generalization of velar cognates /k/, /g/ in two phonologically disordered children was studied over time as a function of sequential word-morpheme position training. Although patterns of contextual acquisition differed, correct responses to the word-medial, inflected context (e.g., "picking," "hugging") occurred earlier and exceeded those to the word-medial, noninflected context (e.g., "bacon," "wagon"). This finding indicates that the common view of the word-medial position as a unitary concept is an oversimplification. Possible explanations for superior generalization to the word-medial, inflected position are discussed in terms of coarticulation, perceptual salience, and the representational integrity of the word.

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