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Up close and personal: a case study of the development of three English fillers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14686083     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As Peters (2001) has suggested, the young child's use of fillers seems to indicate awareness of distributionally-defined slots in which some as yet unidentified material belongs. One may view a filler as an emergent transitional form; as a slot that serves as an underspecified lexical entry for the accumulation of phonological and functional information; or as prosodic 'sentence padding'. We trace the development of three fillers in one English-acquiring child through seven months, from their first appearance about 1;9 through their re-analysis as English functors about age 2;4. We show how the description of these fillers requires an elaboration of the current framework for describing the emergence of morphology, from a one-dimensional to a multi-dimensional model. Finally, we argue that the neglect of such transitional and under-defined elements gives a false picture of development, making it appear as if language development takes place in discontinuous steps.
Andrea Feldman; Lise Menn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of child language     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0305-0009     ISO Abbreviation:  J Child Lang     Publication Date:  2003 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-22     Completed Date:  2004-01-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0425743     Medline TA:  J Child Lang     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  735-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
Program for Writing and Rhetoric, 317 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0359, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child Language*
Language Development*
Speech Production Measurement
Verbal Learning*

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