Phonological Development: The first two years

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This book provides an extensive overview of research into child production and perception. It focuses primarily on the first two years of life because, for the majority of children, that includes the whole of the single-word period, when phonological development and change are by far the most rapid, laying the foundation for further language learning. The new edition includes new chapters on development in the first 18 months, segmentation and distributional learning, word learning experiments, and bilingual phonological development; it retains and updates the original chapters on perception, vocal production and the transition into language. The book also includes one chapter each on formalist and functionalist theoretical models.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBoston, MA
Number of pages448
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-118-34283-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-34280-0, 978-1-118-34279-4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • speech perception
  • vocal production
  • phonological development
  • infant development

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