Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Children's Speech Development
Most 5-year-old children across the world can speak intelligibly and have acquired the consonants, vowel, and tones of their ambient language(s) and dialect(s). Many researchers across the world have contributed to our knowledge of children’s speech development (Multilingual Children’s Speech website). This presentation celebrates the communicative competence of monolingual and multilingual children across the world and provides diagnostic indicators for when children may require referral to speech-language pathology/therapy. During the presentation the following studies will be profiled:
Professor Sharynne McLeod
Sharynne McLeod, Ph.D. is a speech-language pathologist and professor of speech and language acquisition at Charles Sturt University, Australia. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, has received Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Life Membership of Speech Pathology Australia, and was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She has co-authored 13 books and 250+ peer reviewed journal articles and chapters primarily focusing on communication rights, children’s speech acquisition, speech sound disorders, and multilingualism and provides free resources in over 70 languages on the Multilingual Children’s Speech website, Waiting for Speech Pathology website, and VietSpeech. She has provided expertise to the World Health Organization and has presented at the United Nations about communication rights. The Australian Newspaper named her Australia’s Research Field Leader in Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology (2018, 2019, 2020, 2022) and Best in the World based on the “quality, volume and impact” of research in the field (2019, 2023).