The Acquisition of Word Final Consonant Clusters in Welsh-English Bilingual Children.
Howells, Gwennan Haf
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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In order to assess, diagnose and plan intervention for a child with speech disorder extensive normative data must be accessible. Information on Welsh-English bilingual phonological acquisition remains limited. This study was aimed to determine the age of acquisition of Word-final consonant clusters in Welsh-dominant and English-dominant children aged 2;6 - 5;0 and investigate possible language dominance effects on this acquisition process. Forty children from the Pembrokeshire county took part in the study; twenty Welsh-dominant and twenty English-dominant. Participants were dived into five 6 month age groups and into Welsh and English language dominance groups. Cluster production and accuracy was assessed through a picture-naming task of both Welsh and English clusters. The results illustrate ages of acquisition for each individual cluster. Benchmarks for normal development of Welsh-English children have been provided. Significant age and dominance effect were found for Welsh clusters however results revealed no significant language dominance effect on English clusters. This study provides Speech and Language Therapy with a comprehensive account of Cluster acquisition in Welsh-English Bilingual children. The data provided will be beneficial and essential for speech and language therapists working in an in Welsh-English community and also in a world where bilingualism is increasing significantly.
B.Sc.(Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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