Finally - maximal phonetic contrast pairs to help speech pathologists do the most effective phonology therapy! This set contains 16 photo and vector pairs for [k] and [r].
What makes them "maximal" contrasts?
- [k] is a voiceless velar stop (obstruent)
- [r] is a voiced palatal liquid (sonorant).
According to Gierut's research, teaching these two sounds in contrast to each other to a child who does not have [k] or [r] in his/her system will provide a generalization effect to all other error sounds in the child's system.
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Gierut, J. (1998) Treatment efficacy: Functional phonological disorders in children. JSLHR, 41, S85-S100.
Gierut. J.A. (2001). Complexity in Phonological Treatment: Clinical Factors. LSHSS, 32, 229 – 241.
Gierut, J.A. (2007). Clinical forum: phonological complexity and language learnability. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16, 6-17.
Gierut, J. A., Morrisette, M. L., Hughes, M. T., Rowland, S. (1996) Phonological treatment efficacy and developmental norms. LSHSS, 27, 215-230.