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dc.contributor.authorOnslow, Jacquie
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-21T19:42:12Z
dc.date.available2016-06-21T19:42:12Z
dc.date.issued1998-01
dc.identifier.citationOnslow, J. (1998). The acquisition of voicing contrasts in word-initial obstruent stops. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 20(Winter), 73-84.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2371-2643
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/51416
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents two different perspectives on the acquisition of voicing in word-initial stops, in order to determine the patterns that children follow when acquiring the voicing contrasts of a language. The first contains a discussion based on voice onset time (VOT), the most commonly used method of testing voicing contrasts in speech. According to Macken and Barton (1980), "VOT refers to the time interval between the release of stop closure and the onset of vocal fold vibration." The last perspective is based on the underspecification theory presented from a nonlinear point of view, a more recent approach to phonology that relies heavily on distinctive features, in this case the features [voice] and [spread] under the laryngeal node.This paper will also argue that cross-linguistically the voiceless member of a stop pair is more common than the voiced member, and it is also acquired earlier by children. The evidence from languages like English, where the voiced member is predominant in both children's and adult output speech, challenges this statement. Therefore I think that it is important to address this statement with respect to the English language.en_US
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Calgaryen_US
dc.subjectLinguisticsen_US
dc.subjectPhonologyen_US
dc.subjectLanguage acquisitionen_US
dc.subjectEnglish languageen_US
dc.titleThe acquisition of voicing contrasts in word-initial obstruent stopsen_US
dc.typejournal article
dc.description.refereedYesen_US
dc.publisher.facultyArtsen_US
dc.publisher.departmentLinguisticsen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/28946


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