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Firstly, I'm sorry, but I am not a language expert, so please don't be too judgemental of this quetion.

Secondly, I understand that my question is not probably not very clear but basically, I am interested in the way that children develop language. I work in a nursery setting, catering to 2-4 year old children. It always interests me when I listen to the children talking, especially regarding how they compensate not being able to pronounce certain parts of words, for sounds that they are able to make. A good example being today, when I heard a child say "Fway doh" instead of "Play doh", another child pronounces "Skip" as "Gip".

This will probably be a stupid question but can you think of any other sounds that children compensate real word sounds with?

And also, why is it that children are unable to pronounce certain sounds, but they later develop the ability to do so?

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closed as off topic by jwpat7, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, JeffSahol, simchona, Mehper C. Palavuzlar May 2 '12 at 20:50

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Consider that children may not have any problem saying the sounds, but have misconstrued the sounds they heard. To complicate this, adults also tend to be unaware of the difference between what word was meant and what was actually said, (you prolly knew dat) but children may accept what they hear uncritically (i.e. without filtering or fixing). –  horatio May 2 '12 at 20:40
Question is "not constructive" (see faq), or it may be off topic, but might be good in linguistics.se –  jwpat7 May 2 '12 at 20:40
Absolutely no! This is an interesting question, but I do not think elu is the rigth place to ask her. –  user19148 May 2 '12 at 20:42
Mommy! Make the bad question go 'way! –  JeffSahol May 2 '12 at 20:43
I often wonder how advanced we'd be if we could collectively avoid using baby talk with children. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 May 2 '12 at 21:42

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