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Books: Language Acquisition: Ota

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  1. paul, The Development of Prosodic Structure in Early Words: Ota

Message 1: The Development of Prosodic Structure in Early Words: Ota

Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 16:14:43 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: The Development of Prosodic Structure in Early Words: Ota

Title: The Development of Prosodic Structure in Early Words
Subtitle: Continuity, divergence and change
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 34
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins 
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Author: Mitsuhiko Ota, University of Edinburgh

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114694, Pages: xii, 224 pp., Price: USD 114.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027252939, Pages: xii, 224 pp., Price: EUR 95.00


This monograph addresses three basic questions regarding the
development of word-internal prosodic structure: How much of the
phonological structure of early words is regulated by the same
constituents and principles that govern the organization of prosodic
structure of mature grammar? Why do early words diverge from the adult
targets in shape and size? And what is the best way to model
developmental changes that occur in prosodic structure? Answers to
these questions are explored through the longitudinal analysis of
spontaneous production data from child Japanese. The analysis provides
new types of evidence and new arguments that the prosodic phonology of
young children is largely continuous with that of adults, and that the
surface child-adult divergence in word forms and the overall pattern
of developmental changes are best explained in terms of ranked
violable constraints on the representation of prosodic structure,
whose ordering is modified in the course of acquisition.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements xi 
1. Introduction 1--9 
2. Phonological theory and prosodic acquisition 11--46 
3. Methods 47--52 
4. The representation of early syllable-internal structure 53--78 
5. The development of syllable-internal structure 79--128 
6. The representation of early word-internal structure 129--158 
7. The development of word-internal structure 159--184 
8. General conclusions and further directions 185--190 
Appendix: The segment inventory of Japanese 191 
Notes 193--198 
References 199--212 
Author index 213--216 
Language index 217 
Subject index 219--222

Lingfield(s):	Language Acquisition 

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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