Prosodic Influences on Children's Grammatical Morphology

Karla K. McGregor

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Like younger, normally developing children, children who are language impaired frequently omit grammatical morphemes in their phrase productions. These omissions from phrases bear some similarity to omissions of weak syllables from multisyllabic words. These similarities concern prosodic properties; specifically, initial weak syllables are particularly challenging in both cases. Omissions of word- and phrase-initial weak syllables may occur because of perceptual or production constraints that are operative in the immature language system. Clinical procedures whereby the salience of grammatical morpheme models is increased and the difficulty of production of grammatical morphemes is controlled via manipulation of prosodic contexts may enhance children's learning of grammatical morphemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-75
Number of pages13
JournalTopics in Language Disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Grammatical morphemes
  • Language development
  • Language impairment
  • Metrical phonology
  • Prosody

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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