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ERIC Number: EJ1036355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 13
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
The Acquisition of Newly Emerging Sociophonetic Variation: /str-/ in American English
Rutter, Ben
Journal of Child Language, v41 n5 p1166-1178 Sep 2014
Eight children aged 4;1-8;1 and their primary caregivers participated in a study designed to evaluate their use of the onset cluster /str-/ in both read and conversational speech. The cluster is currently undergoing a reported sound change in many varieties of English, with the initial /s/ being retracted to [?]. The study compared the initial fricative of the cluster in both the children and their mothers. Acoustic analysis was carried out in order to categorize tokens as either [s] or [?] using spectral peak analysis. Results found that children as young as 5;1 were starting to exhibit the usage patterns of their mothers. The distribution of the novel variant suggests that the children may be learning this form via a process of lexical diffusion rather than by rule. Implications for the study of dialect acquisition and phonological acquisition in general are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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