Learning to Produce Three-Syllable Words

A Longitudinal Study of Finnish Twins
  • Tuula Savinainen-Makkonen


This paper examines the early phonology of a pair of twins acquiring Finnish with a primary focus on three-syllable words. First I will try to establish whether these Finnish twins attempt to produce three-syllable targets during the first words stage. Next I will try to identify how children produce three-syllable words in the early stages of phonological development. If structural reductions of the target words occur, it is interesting to see what factors affect the choice of the segments that are retained. How does word stress (which is always on the first syllable in Finnish) affect the process of reduction? It is also interesting to compare the twin siblings with each other: are there differences between them?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tuula Savinainen-Makkonen
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  1. 1.Department of PhoneticsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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