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    A Profile of Consonant Acquisition for Preschool Children Who Speak Trinidadian English Creole  
Keisha Lindsay - New York University
Silvia Martinez - Howard University
Jay Lucker - Howard University
Gloriajean Wallace - Howard University
Martine Elie - Howard University

SRCLD Year: 2019
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation
Poster Number: PS1F43
Presentation Time: Fri, Jun 7, 2019 from 8:30a-10:00a
Rationale: The aim of this study is to investigate consonant sound acquisition in typically-developing preschool children who speak Trinidadian English Creole (TrinEC).

Methods: A 176-item instrument was developed and administered to typically-developing participants (n = 34) who live on the island of Trinidad and were between the ages of 3 years, 0 months and 4 years, 11 months. The ages at which 90% of the age group produced singletons correctly in at least two word positions and clusters at least once in the initial position were recorded.

Results: The findings indicate that children who speak TrinEC demonstrate a unique profile of sound acquisition. This profile differs from data on about speech sound acquisition developed on speakers of other English varieties (e.g., Standard American English).

Conclusions: Findings from this study have both theoretical and clinical significance in understanding differences in speech sound acquisition across varieties of English.

Funding for this study was provided by the Just-Julian Graduate Research Assistantship at Howard University.
Supported in part by: NIDCD and NICHD, NIH, R13 DC001677, Susan Ellis Weismer, Principal Investigator
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders