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ERIC Number: EJ809720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Limits on Learning Phonotactic Constraints from Recent Production Experience
Warker, Jill A.; Dell, Gary S.; Whalen, Christine A.; Gereg, Samantha
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v34 n5 p1289-1295 Sep 2008
Adults can learn new artificial phonotactic constraints by producing syllables that exhibit the constraints. The experiments presented here tested the limits of phonotactic learning in production using speech errors as an implicit measure of learning. Experiment 1 tested a constraint in which the placement of a consonant as an onset or coda depended on the identity of a nonadjacent consonant. Participant speech errors reflected knowledge of the constraint but not until the 2nd day of testing. Experiment 2 tested a constraint in which consonant placement depended on an extralinguistic factor, the speech rate. Participants were not able to learn this constraint. Together, these experiments suggest that phonotactic-like constraints are acquired when mutually constraining elements reside within the phonological system. (Contains 3 figures, 2 tables, and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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