The Influence of Misarticulations on Children's Word Identification and Processing

Breanna I. Krueger, Holly L. Storkel, Utako Minai
  • Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, April 2018, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • DOI: 10.1044/2017_jslhr-s-16-0379

Children's interpretation of misarticulated words.

What is it about?

Children hear misarticulated words in their daily life from siblings, peers, or even in their own productions. This form of variability could have negative impacts on words children learn from each other (incidental learning), because it is unclear whether they draw upon their experience with variability to assist them in correctly interpreting the words they hear. We found that children do, in fact understand misarticulated words, but their speed of identification is slowed as a result.

Why is it important?

This study increases our understanding of word learning and speech variability in children.


Breanna Krueger
University of Wyoming

I enjoyed every minute of this study, and learned so much. Mousetracking and eye-tracking methodology are invaluable resources for those of us studying children's communication!

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The following have contributed to this page: Professor Holly Storkel and Breanna Krueger