Age Effects in the Acquisition of English Onset Clusters by Turkish
Learners: An Optimality-Theoretic Approach offers a state-of-the-art
examination of the acquisition of English onset clusters by Turkish
learners, and considers the age effects in second language (L2) phonology.
Unlike previous research trends, this research examines the developmental
paths of L2 phonology, rather than the ‘end-state’ of acquisition. This in
return will yield insightful data which appeals to both L2 theory and
phonological theory. The L2 data presented here will be accounted for
within a constraint-based framework known as Optimality Theory (OT).
The first two chapters provide an overview of first and second language
phonology, and are also discussed under OT framework in chapter 3. Chapter
4 serves to highlight the syllable structure of Turkish and English and
addresses a number of partially overlapping themes: synchronic and
diachronic analysis of English and Turkish consonant inventory, loan
phonology, and prosodic development. The remaining chapters provide a
detailed presentation of the novel empirical results, along with a
discussion of its wider implications in phonological theory and
Indispensable for students and researchers working in the areas of
phonological theory and phonological acquisition, this volume will also
appeal to applied linguists and speech language pathologists.