A phonological system at 2 years after cochlear implantation

Steven B. Chin, David B. Pisoni

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This report is a description of a developing phonological system as manifested in the productions of a prelingually deafened child approximately 2 years after fitting with a Nucleus 22-Channel Multi-Electrode Cochlear Implant. A probe list consisting of 23 proper nouns familiar to the child was used to elicit samples of her speech; stimulus materials consisted of photographs of those persons (friends and family members) whose names were included in the probe list. Analysis of the child's productions addressed the composition of the phonetic inventory of consonants and vowels and the presence of syllable structure and other phonotactic constraints. Results indicated a rich inventory of speech sound segments (among both consonants and vowels) and a lack of stringent constraints on syllable structure and consonants permitted in specified word positions. A further comparative analysis of correspondences with the ambient language showed a number of patterns that are also common in the speech of children with normal hearing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-73
Number of pages21
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Cochlear implants
  • Phonetic inventory
  • Phonology
  • Substitution patterns
  • Syllable structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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