The acquisition of English speech sounds by Fijian children from different first language backgrounds

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The age at which children are able to correctly produce speech sounds in a language is an important element of assessment by speech-language pathologists (SLPs). However, assessment is complicated when multilingual children speak languages with non-identical sound repertoires, as sounds in one language may influence the production of sounds in another. Studies of multilingual speech sound acquisition aim to document cross-linguistic influences to assist in valid diagnosis of speech sound disorders. This study analysed English consonant acquisition patterns of 72 multilingual Fijian primary school students. Results revealed that the pattern of English consonant acquisition for these children was similar to that reported for English-speaking children in other parts of the world. Minor differences for later developing sounds were noted (e.g., ‘th’ was produced as ‘t’ or ‘f’). This study expands understanding of theoretical perspectives on linguistic multi-competence and multilingual speech sound acquisition and supports SLPs working with multilingual Fijian children.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2020
EventHigher Degree by Research and Honours Symposium 2020: Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University - Online, Albury, Australia
Duration: 26 Aug 202004 Sep 2020 (Symposium program and abstracts)


OtherHigher Degree by Research and Honours Symposium 2020
OtherWelcome to the first online Faculty of Science Higher Degree Research and Honours Symposium!
The online Symposium is an opportunity for research students in the Faculty of Science to present their
research to their peers in a conference setting and to receive valuable feedback. It is also an opportunity to
attend professional development workshops.
There is an extraordinary variety of research being undertaken within our Faculty and this breadth will be
showcased during the Symposium. Our research investigates fundamental human needs such as food and
water, through to the health of both humans and the environment. It is exciting to be able to present an
online Symposium that offers such a diversity of both quantitative and qualitative research.
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