Filler Syllables and Acquisition of Grammatical Morphemes

Edy Veneziano

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Filler Syllables and Acquisition of Grammatical Morphemes

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  • Filler syllables are most often defined as unstressed, undetermined, unglossable monosyllabic elements, often vocalic or nasalized, that are produced by children in the prelexical position of words (more precisely, of segmental sounds identified as children's renditions of target words). This phenomenon is illustrated by the sounds /a, ∂, e, n, ng/, for example, for English, ∂dog, ∂‘hot, n'down, n'go, or for French, /agy/, ‘grue,’ [crane], /∂‘pik/,‘pique,’ [sting],/e'sin/, ‘difficile,’ [difficult]. At the time of their systematic production, fillers may precede words that children used earlier, and continue to use, without such elements (e.g., the child produced hot before the appearance of /∂’hot/ or /gy/ before the appearance of /agy/, productions that could also persist after the appearance of fillers).

    Fillers are defined as additional sounds in relation ...

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