Constraints in Phonological Acquisition

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Bringing together well-known researchers, this collection of essays focuses on constraints in phonological acquisition. The first two chapters review the research in its broader context, including an introduction by the editors that provides a concise tutorial on Optimality Theory. The remaining chapters address a number of partially overlapping themes: the study of child production data in terms of constraints; learnability issues; perceptual development and its relation to the development of production; and second language acquisition.

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"This outstanding volume presents a state-of-the-art overview of linguistic research into the acquisitions of phonology."
CSA Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521108645
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2009
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 3.70 (d)

Meet the Author

René Kager is Associate Professor of Language Development at Utrecht University. His books include A Metrical Theory of Stress and Destressing in Dutch (1989), The Prosody-Morphology Interface (with H. van der Hulst and W. Zonneveld, Cambridge 1999) and Optimality Theory (Cambridge, 1999).

Joe Pater is Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has published in a number of journals including Phonology, Language Acquisition and the Journal of Child Language.

Wim Zonneveld is Professor of Linguistics and Phonology at Utrecht University. He is the author of A Formal Theory of Exceptions in Generative Phonology (1978), Klemtoon & Metrische Fonologie (with M. Trommelen, Couthinho, 1989) and Prosody-Morphology Interface (with R. Kager and H. van der Hulst, Cambridge 1999).

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Introduction: constraints in phonological acquisition 1
2 Saving the baby: making sure that old data survive new theories 54
3 Markedness and faithfulness constraints in child phonology 73
4 Input elaboration, head faithfulness, and evidence for representation in the acquisition of left-edge clusters in West Germanic 109
5 Phonological acquisition in Optimality Theory: the early stages 158
6 Syllable types in cross-linguistic and developmental grammars 204
7 Bridging the gap between receptive and productive development with minimally violable constraints 219
8 Learning phonotactic distributions 245
9 Emergence of Universal Grammar in foreign word adaptations 292
10 The initial and final states: theoretical implications and experimental explorations of Richness of the Base 321
11 Child word stress competence: an experimental approach 369
Index of subjects 409
Index of names 413
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