Speech development

Sylvie is now just over 18 months old and her speech is gaining new recognizable words. Nothing too surprising about that but what is interesting is her current pre-occupation with words of one syllable ending in ‘t’ ie, wet, foot and cat. In particular she places great importance on strongly stressing the final ‘t’ sound.

She says these words a lot – even when they’re not true (wet is a particular favourite), and although she knows other words (frog and dog for example) she uses them only when appropriate to identify the animal in question in a book or outside.

Is this because she likes the sound ? Or is it the feel of her tongue on the roof of her mouth ? Or simply that we as her parents seem to find the words entertaining so she ‘performs’ for us ?

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This post was written by awk on February 26, 2003

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