Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

by Neil Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521515874

ISBN-13: 9780521515870

Pub. Date: 01/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Children often mispronounce words when learning their first language. Is it because they cannot perceive the differences that adults make or is it because they can't produce the sounds involved? Neither hypothesis is sufficient on its own to explain the facts. On the basis of detailed analyses of his son's and grandson's development, Neil Smith explains the

Overview

Children often mispronounce words when learning their first language. Is it because they cannot perceive the differences that adults make or is it because they can't produce the sounds involved? Neither hypothesis is sufficient on its own to explain the facts. On the basis of detailed analyses of his son's and grandson's development, Neil Smith explains the everyday miracle of one aspect of first-language acquisition. Mispronunciations are now attributed to performance rather than to competence, and he argues at length that children's productions are not mentally represented. The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts. Smith provides an important and engaging update to his previous work, The Acquisition of Phonology, building on ideas previously developed and drawing new conclusions with the aid of fresh data.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521515870
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series, #124
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Preliminaries; 2. The main claims of Smith (1973) and the evidence for them; 3. Competing theories; 4. Z and his development; 5. The nature of the acquisition of phonology; 6. Diachronic lexicon of Z data; 7. Appendices; 8. References; 9. Index.

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