The Development of Prosodic Structure in Early Words
Continuity, divergence and change
Mitsuhiko Ota | University of Edinburgh
This monograph addresses three basic questions regarding the development of word-internal prosodic structure: How much of the phonological structure of early words is regulated by the same constituents and principles that govern the organization of prosodic structure of mature grammar? Why do early words diverge from the adult targets in shape and size? And what is the best way to model developmental changes that occur in prosodic structure? Answers to these questions are explored through the longitudinal analysis of spontaneous production data from child Japanese. The analysis provides new types of evidence and new arguments that the prosodic phonology of young children is largely continuous with that of adults, and that the surface child-adult divergence in word forms and the overall pattern of developmental changes are best explained in terms of ranked violable constraints on the representation of prosodic structure, whose ordering is modified in the course of acquisition.
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 34] 2003. xii, 224 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | p. xi
1. Introduction | pp. 1–9
2. Phonological theory and prosodic acquisition | pp. 11–46
3. Methods | pp. 47–52
4. The representation of early syllable-internal structure | pp. 53–78
5. The development of syllable-internal structure | pp. 79–128
6. The representation of early word-internal structure | pp. 129–158
7. The development of word-internal structure | pp. 159–184
8. General conclusions and further directions | pp. 185–190
Appendix: The segment inventory of Japanese | p. 191
Notes | pp. 193–198
Author index | pp. 213–216
Language index | p. 217
Subject index | pp. 219–222
“In my view, this book constitutes a strong contribution to the field of phonological acquisition. Detailed developmental studies of the acquisition of prosodic phonology in particular languages are a valuable contribution to the effort of describing the development of language phonology. This work represents a key analysis in the study of phonological acquisition, and adds to the recent crosslinguistic work undertaken for other languages. I am sure this book will provide scholars, teachers, students and readers with valuable insights which will spark further interest in the field of phonological acquisition.”
Pilar Prieto, ICREA & UAB, in Journal of Linguistics 41, 2005
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