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Ben Maassen and Pascal van Lieshout

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235797.001.0001

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Some organization principles in early speech development

Some organization principles in early speech development

(p.171) Chapter 10 Some organization principles in early speech development
Speech Motor Control

Jordan R. Green

Ignatius S. B. Nip

Oxford University Press

In early speech development, progressive gains in phonetic ability represent progress in multiple domains (e.g., sensory, perceptual, cognitive, linguistic, and neuromotor) all of which are ultimately conveyed through the speech motor system. Accordingly, the comprehensive understanding of speech development requires knowledge about age-related changes in speech motor performance and about the factors affecting those changes during the various phases of speech development. This chapter considers why motor-based descriptions are essential for addressing long-standing practical and theoretical issues regarding early speech development. It presents a conceptual framework for studying early speech motor development, which guides the current line of research inquiry. The conceptual framework proposes that developmental stages in speech motor behaviour are guided by production constraints and catalysts to speech motor performance: Production constraints are factors that limit speech production abilities in young children and catalysts are factors that engender change toward mature speech. Finally, the chapter considers findings from studies on early speech motor development that are motivated by the framework.

Keywords:   speech development, phonetic ability, speech motor development, production constraints

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