The Later Stages of Pronoun Acquisition in an English-Speaking Child: A Longitudinal Case Study
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Research into English pronoun acquisition has typically focused on children under 3;0 (e.g. Charney, 1980; Oshima-Takane, 1992; Rispoli, 1998; Pine, Conti-Ramsden, Joseph, Lieven and Serratrice, 2008). The present study reports on the production of central pronouns by an older pre-school aged boy, over a 5-month period. Spontaneous language samples were audio-recorded between the ages of 3;9 and 4;2. Pronoun type and frequency were analysed and inaccurate productions were examined. Analysis revealed a number of inaccuracies, most notably involving pronoun case and the overuse of 'I'm'. Results indicated that pronoun use was continuing to develop gradually during the period of the study. Overall, the study provided support for a piecemeal, construction-dependent theory of pronoun acquisition.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy