15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Phonological Acquisition of Normal Egyptian Children from the Age of Two and Half to Five Years

Ranya Morsi

University of Alexandria, Egypt

This study investigates phonological acquisition of Egyptian children. Thirty children were equally divided into three stages. Stage I: from 2; 6 - 3;0 years, Stage II: from 3;0 - 4;0 years, and Stage III: from 4;0 -5;0 years. Speech material consisted of 158 words. It was designed to test 25 phonemes and 8 phonological processes of Colloquial Egyptian Arabic. Both substitutional and phonological process analyses were used. Applying 75% threshold of correct production of phonemes, results showed that in Stage I, all consonants were acquired except /r, d, s, z, z, c, ʁ/. In Stage II, /d, z, z, ʁ/ remained un-acquired. In Stage III, /z, z/ remained un-acquired. Applying 25% threshold for process consideration, process map showed that in Stage I, both devoicing and /r/ deviation occurred. In Stage II, only devoicing occurred. In Stage III, all processes disappeared. The results contributions to assessing and treating phonologically disordered children were mentioned.

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Bibliographic reference.  Morsi, Ranya (2003): "Phonological acquisition of normal Egyptian children from the age of two and half to five years", In ICPhS-15, 1951-1954.