Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

Amy’s language development: /fl/

One thing I’ve noticed very recently is that Amy has started (within the last couple of days) pronouncing /fl/ as [fl].

For years before, she had pronounced it as [ɬ] instead (like Welsh ll or the second part of Klingon tlh; sounds like thl to some English speakers). So she’d say ɬannel, butterɬy, ɬower, etc.

On the one hand, I’m glad that her pronunciation is approaching the norm in this point; on the other hand, I hope that she doesn’t forget how to make the [ɬ] sound; it’s a fun little phone to have in one’s inventory :)

In other language development news: her (inter)dental fricatives [θ, ð] (English voiced and voiceless th) are still only occasionally there.

Those sounds don’t have a consistent replacement the way /fl/ did; she’ll say tank you but I’m taking a barf and (I think) mudder, farder, brudder.

Tags: amy, language
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