An Overview of Prosody and Its Role in Normal and Disordered Child Language

Lou Ann Gerken, Karla McGregor

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This tutorial presents an overview of prosody and its application to specific language impairment. First, prosody is defined as both a phonological and acoustic phenomenon. Prosody is further explored through a review of research concerning perception and production of prosody in the normally developing child and in the child with specific language impairment. The tutorial concludes with a discussion of clinical implications and directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-48
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1998



  • Development
  • Language
  • Prosody

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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