LANGUAGE IN INDIA Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow Phonological Mean Length of Utterance (Pmlu) in Kannada-Speaking Children Phonological Mean Length of Utterance (Pmlu) in Kannada-Speaking Children

Radish Kumar, Jayashree Bhat
unpublished
Phonological mean length of utterance (PMLU) is a whole word measure for measuring phonological proficiency. It measures the length of a child's word and the number of correct consonants. The present study investigated the phonological length of utterance in native Kannada speaking children of 3 to 7 years age. A total of 400 subjects in the age range of 3-7 years participated in the study. Spontaneous speech samples were elicited from each child and analyzed for PMLU as per the rules suggested
more » ... the rules suggested by Ingram. Mann-Whitney U test and Kruskal Wallis test were employed to compare the differences between the means of PMLU scores across the gender and the age respectively. The result revealed increase in PMLU score as the age increased suggesting a developmental trend in PMLU acquisition. No statistically significant differences were observed between the means of PMLU scores across the gender.
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