From phonetics to phonology: The emergence of first words in Italian*

  title={From phonetics to phonology: The emergence of first words in Italian*},
  author={Tamar Keren-Portnoy and Marinella Majorano and Marilyn M. Vihman},
  journal={Journal of Child Language},
  pages={235 - 267}
ABSTRACT This study assesses the extent of phonetic continuity between babble and words in four Italian children followed longitudinally from 0 ; 9 or 0 ; 10 to 2 ; 0 – two with relatively rapid and two with slower lexical growth. Prelinguistic phonetic characteristics, including both (a) consistent use of specific consonants and (b) age of onset and extent of consonant variegation in babble, are found to predict rate of lexical advance and to relate to the form of the early words. In addition… 

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