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ERIC Number: ED335893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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The Function of the Obligatory Contour Principle in English: Evidence from Child Language.
A study investigated the order of acquisition of inflectional morphology in English within morphemes, focusing on late acquisition of one allomorph of the plural. It is proposed that late acquisition is rooted in the operation of the Obligatory Contour Principle (OCP), which states that at the melodic level, adjacent identical elements are prohibited. The OCP and its operation in English are described. Based on data on acquisition of the allomorph in question, it is argued that the underlying phonological representation of the plural is a single consonant /z/, not a syllable incorporating a schwa, and that the OCP operates to trigger epenthesis of the schwa rather than to block its deletion. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Obligatory Contour Principle
Note: In: Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, Number 28, p115-122, Aug 1989. For the proceedings, see FL 019 336.