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Cluster Reduction

7A Cluster Reduction

CLUSTER REDUCTION Definition: Omitting one or more consonants in a consonant cluster. Comment: Consonant clusters (or blends) can appear in syllable-initial or syllable-final position. Cluster reduction occurs when any consonant of a cluster is omitted. The reduction may be partial, with at least one member of the cluster still being produced, or total, with the entire cluster being omitted. Examples: […]

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Weak Syllable Deletion

6A Weak Syllable Deletion

WEAK SYLLABLE DELETION Definition: Omitting the unstressed or weak syllable of a multisyllabic word. Comment: In this process it is the weak or unstressed syllable of a multisyllabic word that is omitted. The deleted syllable may be in the initial, the final or a medial position of the word. Examples: tomato /təˈmɑˌtəʊ/ → /mɑˌtəʊ/ elephant /ˈɛləˌfənt/ → /ˈɛˌfənt/   In children between […]

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Consonant Deletion

5A Consonant Deletion

CONSONANT DELETION Definition: Consonant deletion occurs whenever a consonant in syllable-initial or syllable-final position is omitted. Comment: Consonants may simply be omitted from the beginning or ends of syllables. Whenever consonants in clusters are omitted this is not considered to be consonant deletion but the process of cluster reduction. Examples: ball /bɔl/ → /ɔl/                 (initial consonant deleted) cup /cʌp/ → /kʌ/               (final consonant […]

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4A Deletion

Two types of deletion A simple way to alter the structure of a word is to omit particular speech segments. There are two main speech segments that are typically deleted: consonants weak syllables NEXT>> Consonant Deletion      

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3A Reduplication

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/ […]

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