Basic Canonical Syllables

Approximate Age of emergence: 6 - 10 months

When children combine vowels (V) and consonants (C) into syllables, they are said to be producing Basic Canonical Syllables. Basic Canonical Syllables sound quite speech like. Here are some examples of the kinds of Basic Canonical Syllables that a child might produce. Basic Canonical Syllables are the building blocks of words, but they have no meaning by themselves at the prelinguistic stage of development. These true syllables continue to be produced (along with precanonical vocalizations) as more advanced vocalizations emerge.

Click on the buttons below to hear some examples of Basic Canonical Syllables:

CV syllables
Whispered Vocalizations


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