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dc.contributor.authorHanson, Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-24T20:17:10Z
dc.date.available2016-06-24T20:17:10Z
dc.date.issued2002-09
dc.identifier.citationHanson, R. (2002). The acquisition of English onsets: the case of Amahl. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 24(Fall), 33-75.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2371-2643
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/51458
dc.description.abstractThe acquisition of English onsets by one English-learning child is examined in close detail, with particular focus on the acquisition of /s/ and /s/-clusters. The observation that target /s/ in harmony environments is sensitive to the feature [labial] as opposed to [coronal] and [dorsal] provides support for a feature geometry model in which [labial] versus [lingual] is a possible distinction, e.g. Brown (1997). Further, the unique behavior of target /s/ in the developing phonology motivates the proposal that physiological factors, such as articulatory difficulty, can have consequences in the grammatical system. In particular, it is proposed that a constraint against lingual continuants, which require a precise physical coordination that may not have yet developed, can account for the patterns in the child's acquisition of /s/ clusters. A comparison with the acquisition of /f/, a non-lingual continuant, and that of /l/, another lingual continuant, provides further support for this proposal. The conclusions reached here are consistent with notion of a phonological system grounded in independent, functional principles as argued for in, for example, Goad (1997).en_US
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Calgaryen_US
dc.subjectLinguisticsen_US
dc.subjectLanguage acquisitionen_US
dc.subjectPhonologyen_US
dc.subjectPhoneticsen_US
dc.subjectDistinctive features (Linguistics)en_US
dc.subjectConstraints (Linguistics)en_US
dc.titleThe acquisition of English onsets: the case of Amahlen_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/28972


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