Crosslinguistic Phonological Development: An International Collaboration An international study is investigating phonological development in 12 languages: Romance (Canadian French, Granada, Mexican and Chilean Spanish, and European Portuguese); Germanic (German, English, Swedish, and Icelandic); Semitic (Kuwaiti Arabic); Asian (Japanese, Mandarin); South Slavic (Bulgarian, Slovene). Additional phonological assessment materials have been created for Anishinaabemowin (Algonquian, Canada), Brazilian Portuguese, ... Article
Article  |   May 15, 2017
Crosslinguistic Phonological Development: An International Collaboration
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Barbara May Bernhardt
    School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Joseph Paul Stemberger
    Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Daniel Bérubé
    School of Rehabilitation Sciences (Speech-Language Pathology), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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  • Financial: Barbara May Bernhardt has no relevant financial interests related to the content of this article. Joseph Paul Stemberger has no relevant financial interests related to the content of this article. Daniel Bérubé has no relevant financial interests related to the content of this article.
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    Nonfinancial: Barbara May Bernhardt has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Joseph Paul Stemberger has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Daniel Bérubé has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.×
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 1
Article   |   May 15, 2017
Crosslinguistic Phonological Development: An International Collaboration
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2017, Vol. 2, 21-29. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.21
History: Received September 25, 2016 , Revised November 7, 2016 , Accepted December 12, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2017, Vol. 2, 21-29. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.21
History: Received September 25, 2016; Revised November 7, 2016; Accepted December 12, 2016

An international study is investigating phonological development in 12 languages: Romance (Canadian French, Granada, Mexican and Chilean Spanish, and European Portuguese); Germanic (German, English, Swedish, and Icelandic); Semitic (Kuwaiti Arabic); Asian (Japanese, Mandarin); South Slavic (Bulgarian, Slovene). Additional phonological assessment materials have been created for Anishinaabemowin (Algonquian, Canada), Brazilian Portuguese, European French, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Greek. The study has two purposes: (a) to investigate crosslinguistic patterns in phonological development; and (b) to develop assessment tools and treatment activities. Equivalent crosslinguistic methodologies include: (a) single word lists for elicitation that reflect major characteristics of each language; (b) data collection and transcription by native speakers; (c) participant samples of 20–30 preschoolers (ages 3 to 6) with typical versus protracted phonological development; and (d) data analysis supported by Phon, a phonological analysis program. The current paper provides an overview of the study and introduces a website that offers free tutorials and materials for speech-language pathologists (SLPs).

Acknowledgments
We would like to thank all of our partners and their assistants in the many countries, and of course the children and families who have participated. We also thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for their support: Grant numbers 410-2009-0348, 611-2012-0164.
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