Linguistic significance of babbling: evidence from a tracheostomized infant.

  title={Linguistic significance of babbling: evidence from a tracheostomized infant.},
  author={John L Locke and Dr. Michael Pearson},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  volume={17 1},
The role of babbling in language development is not well understood. One source of evidence is the utterances of infants who were tracheostomized during the period in which they would normally have produced syllabic vocalization. We describe here the phonetic patterns and linguistic development of a girl called Jenny. She was tracheostomized and generally aphonic from 0.5-1.8 but cognitively and socially normal, with near-normal comprehension of language. Acoustic analyses of Jenny's utterances… CONTINUE READING

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