Twin Language or Phonological Disorder?

Dodd B. and McEvoy S. (1994) Twin Language or Phonological Disorder?. Journal of Child Language, 21 2: 273-289. doi:10.1017/S0305000900009272

Author Dodd B.
McEvoy S.
Title Twin Language or Phonological Disorder?
Journal name Journal of Child Language   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-7602
Publication date 1994-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0305000900009272
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 21
Issue 2
Start page 273
End page 289
Total pages 17
Language eng
Subject 3310 Linguistics and Language
3200 Psychology
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
1203 Design Practice and Management
Abstract The acquisition of language in the preschool years by multiple-birth children is often reported to be atypical. Some researchers have claimed that they use ‘twin language’, i.e. an autonomous language specific to a multiple-birth set. This claim was investigated by describing and comparing the phonological characteristics of the speech of 19 sets of two- to four-year-old multiple-birth children, and by measuring multiple-birth children's understanding of their twins’ or triplets’ context-free speech. The results indicated that multiple-birth children are prone to phonological disorder and consequently their speech is often unintelligible. Siblings’ phonologies evidenced some similarities, although they were not identical. Multiple-birth children were better able to understand their siblings’ mispronunciations than were other children of the same age, although that understanding was dependent on how closely the error form resembled the adult form. While these three factors conspire to give the impression that ‘twin language’ is common, none of these findings provided support for the claim that multiple-birth children use an autonomous language.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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