Focus on Phonological Acquisition
The publication of this edited volume comes at a time when interest in the acquisition of phonology by both children learning a first language and adults learning a second is starting to swell. The ten contributions, from established scholars and relative newcomers alike, provide a comprehensive demonstration of the progress being made in the field through the theory-based analysis of both spontaneous and experimental acquisition data involving a number of first and second languages including English, French, German, Korean, Polish and Spanish. Aimed at those active in phonology and its acquisition, yet written to be accessible to the non-specialist as well, the volume carefully lays out the various theoretical frameworks in which the authors work such as Feature Geometry, Lexical Phonology, Non-Linear Phonology, Prosodic Phonology, and Optimality Theory.
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 16] 1997. v, 289 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
Current issues in the first and second language acquisition of phonologyMartha Young-Scholten and S.J. Hannahs | p. 1
I. First language acquisition
Perception and production in learning to talkHenning Wode | p. 17
Why syntax is different: a UG approach to language disorders in childrenAlison Henry | p. 47
The role of feature geometry in the development of phonemic contrastsCynthia Brown and John Matthews | p. 67
Consonant harmony in child language: an optimality theoretic accountHeather Goad | p. 113
“The papers in this collection share a common objective of presenting a substantial amount of empirical data within a clear theoretical framework. As such, they should be of interest to acquisitionists and theoreticians alike.
Marc Picard, Concordia Univeristy in Language 76:3, 2000
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