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Phonological Development - LAN00054M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Marilyn Vihman
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module aims:

to provide an overview of phonetic and phonological development, with an emphasis on the first two years of life

to acquaint you with the findings of both observational and experimental studies of infant speech perception and production and of the transition from babbling to speech

to compare lexical and phonological development in late talkers with that of typically developing children

to consider the main theoretical approaches to phonological development.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the course the student should have a good understanding of the relationship of babbling to early word learning and of the course of phonological development through about age two.

Students should be able to identify patterning in the early words of children learning any language with which they are familiar.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

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Indicative reading

Vihman, M. (2014) Phonological Development (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Wiley/Blackwell.

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