Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, Vol 1, No 2 (2010)

Missing the targets and being misunderstood: Child phonology and interactive problems

Joan Rahilly
Issued Date: 25 Jan 2011

Abstract


Effects of vowel variation on interaction are considered, with particular relevance to their role in conversational breakdown. The effect of speaker knowledge and experience is noted as a variable in developmental progress which must inform profiling decisions, and the need for appropriate taxonomies of speech varieties is emphasized as a precursor to clinical and educational assessments. It is noted, too, that a shared sociolinguistic background between speaker and listener does not always resolve difficulties arising from non-target realizations, casting some doubt on ideas that assessors always possess a guaranteed sense of phonological variability and its effects. Hence, an informed understanding of phonological variation, rather than merely awareness that such variation exists, is advocated.

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DOI: 10.1558/jircd.v1i2.217

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