This book combines a vast collection of data on phonological acquisition with close attention to Optimality Theory. It blends the studies of linguistics, psycholinguistics, and speech-language pathology in reference to phonological development. It also contains a step-by-step evaluation of competing theories while presenting a complete view of non-linear phonology, including adult grammar, psychological processing, first and second language acquisition, and inter-generational language changes. The authors focus on speech production rather than perception, emphasizing data from the period of real words. The many tables and phonological trees help to make this timely and useful study accessible to students and professionals alike. Among its key features it: addresses the full range of phonological patterns observed in children's speech; surveys patterns of development in children's speech; and provides the only existing single framework for children's phonological development.
Introduction Worldviews for Phonology Phonological Representations and Processes Constraints Segmental Development Prosodic Development Sequences of Elements Theory and Application: Not Just for the Clinician Acquisition of Adult Alternations Discussion and Conclusions Appendix A: International Phonetic Association (1989) Symbols Used in This book Appendix B: The Features Used in This Book Appendix C: List of the Constraints of Optimality Theory Appendix D: Practical Guidelines for Using Constraints References Index