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The following studies are examples of the large number of studies that have been carried out since the 1960s. A 1960s study from England found that many children had difficulty with deletion of phonemes (Bruce, 1964). For example, when asked to say what word would be left if the s were taken from the middle of nest, one child said, “I can’t actually do it. You see, I can’t say the last letter without the middle” (Bruce, 1964, p. 169). A 1970s study in the United States found that only 20% of 5-year-olds could tap the number of phonemes in words like ice (2) and spy (3) (I.

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