The University of Sussex

Babbling and early speech: the continuity issue

Simone Doctors

The question of whether or not there is a connection between the period of babbling and the emergence of an adult-based phonological system in children is a controversial one. For many years the position of Roman Jakobson that the two periods were totally discontinuous, was accepted. In the above Simone Doctors examines Jakobson's claims and applies them to data from a 13 month old child, following the methodology of Vihman et al (1985), whose detailed study provides support for continuity.

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