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Research Team Publishes Article on English Phonology Development

February 27, 2012
By: WSU News

Linda Larrivee (Interim Dean, School of Education, Health, and Natural Sciences), Susanna Meyer (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Emily Soltano (Psychology), and Karen Vine (WSU-SLP graduate BS, MS) recently published a research article in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association titled “English Phonology Development after International Adoption: A Case Study.”

It is part of Soltano, Meyer, and Larrivee’s longitudinal interdisciplinary research. Overall, their research has focused on English language development in young internationally adopted children. This article focused on a case study designed to determine changes and developmental patterns of English phonology and phonological patterns used by a young native Tagalog speaker.

Results suggested that normal versus disordered patterns of second language phonology acquisition can be used to guide speech-language pathologists in diagnosing phonological disorders in children learning English as their second language after international adoption.

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