Phonological Templates

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  • Phonological templates are idiosyncratic child production patterns typically developed in the period of single-word use and often maintained or further developed through the first months of word combination, after which they fade out of use. When a child attempts to say an adult word that fits a vocal pattern that he or she has already practiced, either in babbling or early words, the word form is selected (i.e., attempted at least partially on phonological grounds, although the selection is unconscious or implicit). When the child attempts adult words whose forms fall outside of practiced patterns, he or she may adapt the forms to fit his or her pattern or template. Reliance on such a template typically results in many of a child's word forms becoming ...

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