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REDUPLICATION

Definition:

The repetition of the initial CV syllable in a multisyllabic word. [For further clarification see On the Definition of Reduplication]

Comment:

Children typically exhibit reduplication during the babbling stage around 6-9 months of age. Consequently, the phonological process of reduplication is typically eradicated before the important phonological development stage of 1;06-4;00 years.

Examples:

doggie /dɒgɪ/ → /dɒdɒ/

bottle /bɒtəl/ → /bɒbɒ/

 

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Consider the following.

 

bottle

/təl/

/bɒbɒ/

 

In this example, the first syllable is reduplicated. This is a fairly simple structural process that can be summarized as:

syllable1 syllable2syllablesyllable1

Further examples of reduplication include the following.

 

mummy

//

/mʌmʌ/

David

/deɪvɪd/

/deɪdeɪ/

biscuit

/skɪt/

/bɪbɪ/

lady

/leɪ/

/leɪleɪ/

 

We know that so-called reduplicated babbling is a common feature in the development of speech, typically exhibited during the babbling stage at around 6-9 months of age. Consequently, the phonological process of reduplication described here is typically eradicated before the important phonological development stage of 1;06-4;00 years.

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