Constraints in Phonological Acquisition

Constraints in Phonological Acquisition

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Edited by René Kager, Joe Pater, Wim Zonneveld
Cambridge University Press, 15/01/2004
EAN 9780521829632, ISBN10: 0521829631
428 pages, 23.5 x 16.2 x 3 cm

This outstanding volume presents a state-of-the-art 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.

'... 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