Phonological Acquisition

Anne-Michelle Tessier – University of Alberta
Course time: Monday/Wednesday 9:00-10:50 am
2333 Mason Hall

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This class is an introduction to several aspects of child phonological acquisition: what early phonologies sound like, how child speech is similar to and also different from adult phonologies, what properties of child speech seem universal vs. language-specific, and how current phonological theories and models capture and predict developmental stages in child speech, and with what success. The empirical focus will be child L1 and some L2 production from about 18 months to five years, in a wide variety of languages, and class meetings will be data-intensive. The grammatical focus will be constraint-based, as in Optimality Theory and Harmonic Grammar, but many different models of learning will be explored. Over the course of the session, we will study the acquisition of segments, syllables, word shapes and simple morpho-phonology, drawing evidence from longitudinal and cross-sectional studies, and also consider the interactions of phonological development and word learning, and some recent insights drawn from computational simulations of phonological learning.


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