A comparison of features of speech across 24 languages

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This paper provides a systematic review and comparison of the features of speech for 24 languages other than English: Jordanian Arabic, Lebanese Arabic, Cantonese, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Israeli Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Maltese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Putonghua, Sesotho, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Zaptoec. Comparisons are made between the number of consonants, number of vowels/diphthongs, allowable syllable shapes, presence of consonant clusters, tones, and stress patterns. These data can be used in speech assessments and the development of appropriate intervention goals and efficacious intervention with these children from diverse language backgrounds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-78
Number of pages5
JournalACQuiring knowledge in speech, language and hearing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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