Durations of young children's word and nonword vocalizations

Michael P. Robb, Ann A. Tyler

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The duration of word (W) and nonword (NW) forms was examined in the monthly vocalizations of seven children between 8 and 26 months of age. The W (i.e., glossable “adultlike”) forms and NW (i.e., nonglossable but phonetically transcribable) forms occurring in each child's consonant+vowel (CV) vocalizations were measured. The results were that W durations significantly decreased as a function of increasing chronological age. On the other hand, NW durations were not correlated with increasing age. The meaningfulness corresponding to W forms is hypothesized to account for the results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1348-1354
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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