Speech Sound Acquisition in a 5-year-old Spanish-English Bilingual Child One of the most challenging aspects of assessing the phonological development of bilingual children is finding a method that is both ecologically valid and informative. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether spontaneous speech samples from an English-Spanish bilingual child give clinically relevant information through an analysis of ... Article
Article  |   March 16, 2017
Speech Sound Acquisition in a 5-year-old Spanish-English Bilingual Child
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jonathan Robinson Anthony
    Department of Special Education Communicative Disorders, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
    Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Laura Epstein
    Department of Special Education Communicative Disorders, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
  • Betty Yu
    Department of Special Education Communicative Disorders, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
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  • Financial: Jonathan Robinson Anthony has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Laura Epstein has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Betty Yu has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Jonathan Robinson Anthony has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Laura Epstein has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Betty Yu has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Jonathan Robinson Anthony has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Laura Epstein has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Betty Yu has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 1
Article   |   March 16, 2017
Speech Sound Acquisition in a 5-year-old Spanish-English Bilingual Child
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2017, Vol. 2, 15-26. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG14.15
History: Received October 3, 2016 , Revised February 16, 2017 , Accepted February 17, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2017, Vol. 2, 15-26. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG14.15
History: Received October 3, 2016; Revised February 16, 2017; Accepted February 17, 2017

One of the most challenging aspects of assessing the phonological development of bilingual children is finding a method that is both ecologically valid and informative. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether spontaneous speech samples from an English-Spanish bilingual child give clinically relevant information through an analysis of phonological complexity. In this single subject case study, the researchers collect spontaneous speech samples from a 5-year-old, English-Spanish bilingual child. The speech samples are transcribed and evaluated to assess phonemic accuracy and levels of phonological complexity in both target languages. The results of this study indicate that spontaneous speech samples may be effective in evaluating speech sound complexity of production for bilingual children and add to previous studies that have shown similar findings.

Acknowledgements
This project was done as part of a Master's Thesis by the first author in fulfillment for the MS degree in Communication Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology. This project was approved by Institutional Review Board of San Francisco State University.
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