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Computational modelling of phonological acquisition: simulating error patterns in nonword repetition tasks

Tamburelli, Marco, Jones, Gary, Gobet, Fernand and Pine, Julian M. (2012) Computational modelling of phonological acquisition: simulating error patterns in nonword repetition tasks. Language and Cognitive Processes, 27 (6). 901 - 946. ISSN 0169-0965

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01690965.2011.583510

Abstract

Nonword repetition tasks (NWRTs) are employed widely in various studies on language development and are often relied upon as diagnostic tools. However, the mechanisms that underlie children's performance in NWRTs are very little understood. In this paper we present NWRT data from typically developing 5- to 6-year-olds (5:4-6:8) and examine the pattern of their phonological errors within the syllabic domain. We show that the children display a strong tendency for errors at the syllable onset, with fewer errors in coda position. We then show how the same pattern can be simulated by a computer model, thus shedding some light on the cognitive mechanisms that underlie specific error patterns as well as general phonological development.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/plcp20/current
Additional Information: © 2012 Psychology Press, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, an Informa business
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 07:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102839

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