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LINGUIST List 25.305

Fri Jan 17 2014

Qs: Spontaneous derived environment effects

Editor for this issue: Alex Isotalo <alxlinguistlist.org>

Date: 17-Jan-2014
From: Yining Nie <yn260cam.ac.uk>
Subject: Spontaneous derived environment effects
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I am looking for examples of derived environment effects that arise spontaneously in phonological acquisition or loanword adaptation. Korean learners of English, for example, usually go through a stage of partial allophonic contrast where native palatalization of /s/ overapplies only in morphologically-derived contexts (Eckman, Elreyes & Iverson 2003). Amahl’s puzzle-puddle-pickle problem (Smith 1973) is claimed to display the opposite pattern: velarization is blocked in derived environments. I would be very interested in reports of other emergent phonological patterns that distinguish basic and phonologically- or morphologically-derived contexts, and whether both derived and non-derived environment blocking are commonly attested.

Many thanks,
Yining Nie

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

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