This outstanding 2004 volume presents an overview of linguistic research into the acquisition of phonology. Bringing together well-known researchers in the field, it focuses on constraints in phonological acquisition (as opposed to rules), and offers concrete examples of the formalization of phonological development in terms of constraint ranking. The first two chapters situate the research in its broader context, with an introduction by the editors providing a brief general tutorial on Optimality Theory. Chapter two serves to highlight the history of constraints in studies of phonological development, which predates their current ascent to prominence in phonological 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 2004 volume presents an overview of linguistic research into the acquisition of phonology, focusing on constraints in phonological acquisition. An introduction by the editors, providing a brief general tutorial on Optimality Theory, is followed by 10 chapters by well-known researchers in the field.
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List of contributors; Preface; 1. Introduction Rene Kager, Joe Pater and Wim Zonneveld; 2. Saving the baby: making sure that old data survive new theories Lise Menn; 3. Markedness and faithfulness constraints in child phonology Amalia Gnanadesikan; 4. Input elaboration, head faithfulness and evidence for representation in the acquisition of left-edge clusters in West Germanic Heather Goad and Yvan Rose; 5. Phonological acquisition in Optimality Theory: the early stages Bruce Hayes; 6. Syllable types in cross-linguistic and developmental grammars Clara C. Levelt and Ruben van de Vijver; 7. Bridging the gap between receptive and productive development with minimally violable constraints Joe Pater; 8. Learning phonotactic distributions Alan Prince and Bruce Tesar; 9. Emergence of Universal Grammar in foreign word adaptions Shigeko Shinohara; 10. The initial and final states: theoretical implications and experimental explorations of Richness of the Base Paul Smolensky, Lisa Davidson and Peter Jusczyk; 11. Child word stress competence: an experimental approach Wim Zonneveld and Dominique Nouveau.
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'... the volume has already achieved considerable success ... this volume is a must for anyone working in the area of phonological acquisition or optimality theory ... the volume would also make an excellent textbook for a graduate course ...' Journal of Phonology
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A 2004 overview of linguistic research into acquisition of phonology, focusing on constraints in phonological acquisition.


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Rene 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).