C H I L D E S Filler Characteristics

Characteristics of fillers at different stages of language acquisition:


 

Phonological

Functional

Morphological

Production

Premorphology

Full syllable


Limited set of vowels


No/ few consonants

Prosodic extender


Not lexically selective

               ---- Phonological extension of item it is attached to

Protomorphology

Some match to set of morphemes in this position

Rhythmic placeholder


Lexically selective


Idiosyncratic

Morphological place holder


May be amalgamated

Variable and effortful

Full morphemes

Match target within articulatory ability Approaching adult

Split into subclasses


Systematic

Becoming automatized