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Academic Paper

Title: Is epenthesis a means to optimize feet? A reanalysis of the CLPF database
Author: Helena Taelman
Institution: University of Antwerp
Author: Steven Gillis
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Institution: University of Antwerp
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Phonology
Subject Language: Dutch
Abstract: Fikkert (1994) analyzed a large corpus of Dutch children's early language production, and found that they often add targetless syllables to their words in order to create bisyllabic feet. In this note we point out a methodological problem with that analysis: in an important number of cases, epenthetic vowels occur at places where grammatical morphemes (e.g. plural and diminutive suffixes) may be expected. Hence, the seemingly targetless syllables may represent grammatical morphemes. A reanalysis of Fikkert's original data reveals that her rhythmic explanation cannot be maintained if those cases are excluded from the analysis.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 35, Issue 2.

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