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Séminaire LPNC - Aude NOIRAY


On 4 July 2023

Saint-Martin-d'Hères - Domaine universitaire

The development of spoken language fluency: a story of interactions?

In the first years of life, most typically developing children learn to speak their native language effortlessly without explicit instruction but daily experience with their native language. Yet, spoken language fluency is a complex skill involving the cooperation of various language-related abilities (e.g., perception, lexicon, phonology, speech motor control…) which develop in a seemingly parallel fashion. While those competences have been well studied individually in the last decades their collaborative contribution to spoken language fluency is not yet well understood.
 In this talk, I will first present research addressing the development of coarticulation, an essential feature for the development of spoken and reading fluency that may go awry in children with atypical language development trajectories. Coarticulation has most often been investigated in relation to speech motor control development. I will show that while the maturation of the speech motor system is crucial to spoken language fluency, the concurrent development of other language-related skills – for instance vocabulary and phonological awareness must also be considered to explain children’s individual trajectories. I will further discuss preliminary results showing that reading acquisition – initiated years after children have started to speak – interacts with speech motor organization for casual speech.
 Related readings:
 Noiray, A., Popescu (2021). Learning to read interacts with children’s spoken language fluency. Journal of Language, Learning and Development, 1-21.
 Noiray, A., Popescu, A., Killmer, H., Rubertus, E., Krüger, S., & Hintermeier, L. (2019). Spoken language development and the challenge of skill integration. Frontiers in Psychology, Language Sciences.
 Noiray, A., Wieling, M., Abakarova, D., Rubertus,E., & Tiede, M. (2019). Back from the future: nonlinear anticipation in adults and children’s speech. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62(8S), 3033-3054.


On 4 July 2023


Saint-Martin-d'Hères - Domaine universitaire

Complément lieu

Bâtiment Michel Dubois - Salle A6 à 13h

Submitted on 24 May 2023

Updated on 13 September 2023