Introduction: Children learn to speak the language of their family and community. Most children can speak intelligibly in their local language and dialect. By 5 years of age children’s acquisition of consonants is almost complete and they are intelligible to strangers. Some children need support from speech-language pathologists and communication specialists to speak intelligibly.

Purpose: The aim of this panel is to present a cross-linguistic account of children’s speech development.

Methods: During this panel, experts from across the world will present monolingual and multilingual research about children’s speech development in languages and dialects such as: Canadian French, Cantonese, Danish, Fiji English, Finnish, Hungarian, Kuwaiti Arabic, Maltese, Māori, Samoan, and Vietnamese.

Results: The panel will begin with an overview of children’s speech development in over 70 languages and dialects across the world. Then authors will describe speech development in a systematic way to enable comparison between languages. First, each presenter will describe the adult form of their language (dialect), including the consonants, vowels, consonant clusters, tones, prosody, word shapes and writing system. Next, they will present research evidence about children’s speech development in the language (dialect). Finally, authors will review the assessments, interventions, and resources that are available in that language and dialect.

Conclusion: This information can support children’s right to communicate and communication specialists’ assessment and intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023
Event32nd World Congress of the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP) 2023: IALP 2023 - The Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 20 Aug 202324 Aug 2023


Conference32nd World Congress of the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP) 2023
Abbreviated titleTogether Towards Tomorrow
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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