The role of the input frequency in L1 Spanish phonological acquisition. A corpus-based study




L1 acquisition, phonological development, input frequency, corpus


This study presents the phonological system exhibited by children (n=59) aged 3;0 to 6;0 and focuses on the role of input frequency. Using a spontaneous child speech corpus of Spanish (CHIEDE) as a data source, as well as computational processing techniques -including an automatic phonological transcriber-, data relating to the phonological level was retrieved. This resulted in a phonological inventory of Spanish-speaking children, ordered by frequency of use, which may serve as a model for research on typical and atypical child language development. Additionally, a study was carried out on the stability of the participants’ phonological systems by calculating the variability that the different age groups displayed, and outcomes were compared with other similar corpora. Results obtained from the comparison of the phonological inventory of children and adults show that there is a relationship between frequency of use in adult speech and the order of acquisition of phonemes.


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Garrote Salazar, M. (2023). The role of the input frequency in L1 Spanish phonological acquisition. A corpus-based study. Loquens, 9(1-2), e089.




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Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades
Grant numbers FFI2017-82752-P

European Regional Development Fund
Grant numbers FFI2017-82752-P