1st Edition

Unusual Productions in Phonology
Universals and Language-Specific Considerations

Edited By

Mehmet Yavas

ISBN 9781138809802
Published November 5, 2014 by Psychology Press
278 Pages

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Book Description

The universalist view that acquisition of phonology is guided by universal principles has been the dominant position for decades.  More recently, an alternative view has brought into focus the relationship between developmental markedness and language-specific input frequencies.  With entirely original chapters on non-ambient-like productions by typically and atypically developing children, and second language learners, Unusual Productions in Phonology delves deeply into these competing explanations to show that patterns observed do not uniquely lend themselves to one or the other explanations.  Rather, they point towards the need for both universal markedness and statistical input considerations in any attempted explanation.

Containing contributions from leading researchers from around the world, this impressive collection is a must-have resource for any researcher, practitioner, or advanced student specializing in phonology, cognitive psychology, applied linguistics, and communication disorders.

Table of Contents

  1. Sonority Principles Meet Probabilistic Phonotactics in Lexical Development, Judith Gierut, Michele Morrisette & Katherine Brown
  2. Phonological Patterns in the Lexical Development of French, Tania Zamuner, Elizabeth Morin-Lessard & Natacha Bouchat-Laird
  3. Development of Word-initial Consonant Clusters in Valley Zapotec: Universal vs. Language-Specific Effects of Sonority, Joseph Paul Stemberger & Mario E. Chavez-Peo n
  4. Markedness in First Language Acquisition, Paula Reimers
  5. A Comparison of Fricative Production in German and Canadian English-speaking Children with Protracted Phonological Development, B.M. Bernhardt, R. Romonath, & J.P. Stemberger
  6. Pre- and Post-Treatment Production of Syllable-Initial /ʁ/ clusters by Children Speaking Quebec-French, Susan Rvachew & FranC oise Brosseau-Lapre
  7. Children’s Incipient Conspiracies, Daniel A. Dinnsen, Judith Gierut & Michele Morrisette
  8. When Place does not Fall into Place: A Case Study of a Child with Diverse Linguistic Input, Margaret Kehoe
  9. The Production of /sC/ Onsets in a Markedness Relationship: Investigating the Ontogeny and Phylogeny Model with Longitudinal Data, Robert S. Carlisle & Juan Antonio Cutillas Espinosa
  10. The Role of Input Frequency, Universals, and L1 Transfer in the Acquisition of English L2 Onsets by Native Speakers of Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, and Vietnamese, Jette G. Hansen Edwards
  11. Stop VOT Productions by Young Bilingual Spanish-English Children and Their Monolingual Peers, Amanda L. Procter, Ferench Bunta & Rachel Aghara
  12. Production of Long Lag Stops in Early Sequential Spanish-English Bilinguals, Mehmet Yavaş & Emily Byers

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Mehmet Yavaş is a Professor of Linguistics at Florida International University. He has published numerous articles on applied phonology and is the principal author of Avaliação Fonologica da Criança (1990), a phonological assessment procedure for Brazilian Portuguese. His other publications include Phonological Disorders in Children (1991), First and Second Language Phonology (1994), Phonology: Development and Disorders (1998), and Applied English Phonology (3rd edition forthcoming).


"Mehmet Yavaş has brought together a formidable team of scholars of phonological acquisition in this collection. Between them they have produced a ground-breaking volume on atypical phonology. This not only describes a wide range of unusual patterns but it informs our understanding of the nature of the phonological component itself."

--Martin J. Ball, Linköping University, Sweden

"In Unusual Productions in Phonology, internationally known experts present a new and unique examination of non-ambient phonology from multiple perspectives of typical and atypical children and second language learners. This volume is a welcome and much-needed addition to the literature."

--Brian A. Goldstein, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

"Phonological acquisition—is it guided by universal principles or language-specific features? This volume, a 'must read' for those interested in child phonology, includes contributions from renowned researchers who present multiple theoretical perspectives and data from a diverse set of languages."

--Carol Stoel-Gammon, University of Washington, Seattle, USA