Missing the targets and being misunderstood: Child phonology and interactive problems

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Effects of vowel variation on interaction are considered, with particular relevance to their role in conversational breakdown. The effect of speaker knowledge and experience is noted as a variable in developmental progress which must inform profiling decisions, and the need for appropriate taxonomies of speech varieties is emphasized as a precursor to clinical and educational assessments. It is noted, too, that a shared sociolinguistic background between speaker and listener does not always resolve difficulties arising from non-target realizations, casting some doubt on ideas that assessors always possess a guaranteed sense of phonological variability and its effects. Hence, an informed understanding of phonological variation, rather than merely awareness that such variation exists, is advocated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-235
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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