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The Emergence of Adult-like Command of Sociolinguistic Variables: A Study of Consonant Weakening in Spanish-Speaking Children

  title={The Emergence of Adult-like Command of Sociolinguistic Variables: A Study of Consonant Weakening in Spanish-Speaking Children},
  author={Manuel D{\'i}az-Campos},
The purpose of this paper is to study sociolinguistic variation by examining it within the individual in order to determine whether there are differences according to speech style in terms of degree of “formality”. Specifically, this investigation examines the acquisition of variable phonology in different speech styles with the purpose of establishing when the emergence of an adult-like command of sociolinguistic variables takes place in children’s speech. Previous research (DiazCampos 2001… Expand
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