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ERIC Number: EJ1049261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1048-9223
A Cross-Linguistic Perspective on the Acquisition of Manner of Articulation Contrasts in the Productions of Dutch and German Children
Altvater-Mackensen, Nicole; Fikkert, Paula
Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, v22 n1 p2-39 2015
The present article investigates the acquisition of Manner of Articulation (MoA) contrasts in child language production. We analyzed spontaneous longitudinal speech data of four German and six Dutch 1- to 3-year-olds. The data suggest that the acquisition of MoA contrasts is influenced by various co-occurrence constraints at the word level. Interestingly, developmental patterns are very similar across languages. However, children seem to follow different strategies to introduce MoA contrasts: They either introduce MoA contrasts in word-initial position in monosyllables as well as in disyllables, or they introduce MoA contrasts in noninitial position in both types of words. We couch the data in a lexical framework assuming that early lexical representation fits templates that evolve in the course of development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Netherlands
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