14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Early Ll Clusters and how They Relate to Universal Phonotactic Constraints

Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

This paper investigates the ways in which universal phonotactic constraints describing consonant clusters are reflected in early first languagea cquisition. I looked for frost appearanceso f clusters in children's speech. Data from a number of typologically different languages has been considered. The predictions as to which clusters were expected to appear in the young phonologies stemmed from universal phonotactic constraints. These constraints have the nature of preferences and were formulated within the phonotactic model of the beats-and-binding phonology, in the naturalist framework. A general tendency for cluster reduction in child language is shaped by such constraints. Thus, it is possible to predict the phonotactic behaviour of a language system in fIux, e.g. in L1 acquisition (or in L2 acquisition, phonostylistics, aphasia). On the other hand, systems in flux belong to the areas of external evidence against which the model of phonotactics proposed in the paper may be verified.

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Bibliographic reference.  Dziubalska-Kolaczyk, Katarzyna (1999): "Early ll clusters and how they relate to universal phonotactic constraints", In ICPhS-14, 317-320.