Perseveration and Speech Errors in Child Language Production

Joseph Paul Stemberger

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Perseveration and Speech Errors in Child Language Production

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  • Errors occur in natural speech throughout the life span. Some of these errors are phonological in nature and most often involve interference between two words that are uttered in close proximity. Native speakers are most aware of exchanges (spoonerisms) in which two sounds are reversed, and each is produced in the wrong word, for example, the child error bolar pairs for polar bears. However, other types of errors occur as well. In anticipations, one sound is produced both in the correct location and in an earlier word, for example, the child error fillow fight for pillow fight. In perseverations, one sound is produced both in the correct location and in a later word, for example, the child error take Tarah for take Sarah. Such errors ...

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