For as much as the words that come out of a child's mouth are incomprehensible gibberish, what they do is usually rather regular. Actually one of the mistakes children often make is making things too regular -- the way a language should be instead of how it is, such as "goed" as the past tense of "go" or making up words like "cooker" and "cutter". They also mispronounce things in relatively regular ways. And so here is a puzzle for all of you, if you wish. Can you figure out what is the connection between all the words that B pronounces in an unusual way, compared to the ones he gets right?
On the left in the slashes is the word he is saying as we would know it. On the right in the bracket is what he says. I'm just going to use spelling.
/guitar/ ---- [gtar]
/asparagus/ ---- [paragus]
/korean/ ---- [krean]
/japan/ ---- [jpan]
/japanese/ ---- [japanese]
/cooking/ ---- [cooking]
/spider/ ---- [spider]
/china/ ---- [china] (i.e., he gets all of these just right)
Here is the most interesting pair, because they are very close to what's called a minimal pair in linguistics.
/desert/ ---- [desert], as in Grandpa G lives in the desert.
/dessert/ ---- [sewert], as in ice cream is a yummy sewert, and the first e is the schwa.
What's he doing? It's worth saying that he hears differently than he speaks, like all children. To get [sewert], I said, "say dessert". "sewert".