Monday, June 19, 2006

Perp has trouble with a few sounds. She can't make F sounds reliably, to our great and everlasting joy (we have some issues that often express themselves with words that start with F). It makes hearing her say her name especially amusing, though.

For instance: fish is "hish." Fork is "hork." She also has some trouble with hard C sounds, though not always. She calls the chicks "kicks," but can say "kicks" so maybe it's a sound she can't hear yet; despite this, she can say "choo-choo" and "clothes." Odd bird.

I'm not worried, don't get me wrong, but sometimes it's funny to hear her refusing or inable to make a sound in one word but perfectly able to use it in another.

It's interesting to watch someone learn to talk but I didn't think it would be so amusing.


macboudica said...

When she says "kicks" for "chicks" it is a perfectly normal process in speech development called "assimilation" which she should grow out of eventually. She is assimilating the "k" sound from the end of the word to the beginning of the word because it is easier in early speech development to just make one of those difficult sounds (the "k" sound is easer than the "ch") , if that makes any sense.

Sorry, my degree is in speech language pathology and audiology, so this is a perfect opportunity to show off my nerdiness.

Northwoods Baby said...

We love nerds at House of Smack!

So how, then, (she asked with frenzied interest) can she say "choo-choo" so easily?

I'm really starting to be fascinated by language acquisition. Like, a Japanese kid her age can no longer differentiate between "R" and "L" sounds. Probably couldn't past about a year, IIRC. Since it's not a part of the language, the brain just closes off the ability to hear it. Crazy! Brains are cool!

macboudica said...

Because she is duplicating two of the same--easier motor programming in the brain requiring less coordination the to produce the sound. In other words, it is easier to do this than produce two different sounds.

Because she can actually produce the "ch" sound in "choo choo" it means she knows how to do it, which is good news because it means that as soon as she gains more skill with this talking thing she will be able to make the switch in sounds in words.

There is a lot of mental fine-motor programming that goes into speech/language that it is really amazing that humans talk at all--it is so complex. But that is why kids make so many cute mistakes when they are learning--there is a whole lot to learn.