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Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch. 2002 Jan 1;33(1):24-37. doi: 10.1044/0161-1461(2002/003).

The Lexicon and Phonology: Interactions in Language Acquisition.

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Indiana University, Bloomington.


The purpose of this paper is to underscore the importance of the link between lexical and phonological acquisition by considering learning by children beyond the 50-word stage and by applying cognitive models of spoken word processing to development. Lexical and phonological variables that have been shown to influence perception and production across the lifespan are considered relative to their potential role in learning by preschool children. The effect of these lexical and phonological variables on perception, production, and learning are discussed in the context of a two-representation connectionist model of spoken word processing. The model appears to offer insights into the complex interaction between the lexicon and phonology and may be useful for clinical diagnosis and treatment of children with language delays.

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