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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

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The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Title: 'Quantifying phonological representation abilities in Spanish-speaking preschool children'
Author: JasonL.Anthony
Institution: 'University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio'
Author: RachelG.Aghara
Institution: 'University of Houston'
Author: EmilyJ.Solari
Institution: 'University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio'
Author: MarthaJ.Dunkelberger
Institution: 'University of Houston'
Author: JeffreyM.Williams
Institution: 'University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio'
Author: LanLiang
Institution: 'University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio'
Linguistic Field: 'Applied Linguistics; Psycholinguistics'
Subject Language: 'English'
' Spanish'
Abstract: Individual differences in abilities to form, access, and hone phonological representations of words are implicated in the development of oral and written language. This study addressed three important gaps in the literature concerning measurement of individual differences in phonological representation. First, we empirically examined the dimensionality of phonological representation abilities. Second, we empirically compared how well typical measures index various representation-related phonological processing abilities. Third, we supply data on Spanish phonological representation abilities of incipient Spanish–English bilingual children to address the need for information on phonological representation across languages. Specifically, nine measures of accessibility to and precision of phonological presentations were administered to 129 preschool children in the United States. Confirmatory factor analyses validated three separate but correlated a priori phonological processing abilities, that is, efficiency of accessing phonological codes, precision of phonological codes as reflected in speech production, and precision of phonological codes as reflected in speech perception. Most prototypic measures were strong indicators of their respective representation-related phonological ability. We discuss how the current data in Spanish compares to limited data in English, and the implications for the organization of phonological representations abilities.

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This article appears in Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 32, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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