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Spoken Vocabulary Growth and the Segmental Restructuring of Lexical Representations: Precursors to Phonemic Awareness and Early Reading Ability

Jamie L. Metsala

University of Maryland, College Park

Amanda C. Walley

University of Alabama at Birmingham

In this chapter, we present a model of the development of spoken word recognition, the processes involved in matching speech input to lexical patterns stored in memory. Our lexical restructuring model was formulated to account for developmental changes in the structure of spoken word representations and the growth of phonological awareness (see also Metsala, 1997a, 1997b; Walley, 1993b). According ...

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