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

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

Perception and Production in Early L1 Acquisition and Some Theoretical Implications

Henning Wode

English Department, University of Kiel, Germany

The relationship between perception and production is complex, and it extends well beyond the phonological component of lexical items and how to learn them. The impact of perception needs to be explored also with respect to, for example, phylogeny, language change, the imperfections in early L1 production, or various issues of phonetic/phonological theory, such as the biological basis for phonological units, language specificity, or the impact of perception on the structure and the functioning of sound systems whatever their state of development. I rely primarily on perceptual data on human neonates, infants before the onset of speech, and non-human animals as well as on new production data for L1 German to speculate about some of these issues. One major conclusion will be that distinctive features, phonemes, and their typology are rooted in perception rather than production.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wode, Henning (1999): "Perception and production in early L1 acquisition and some theoretical implications", In ICPhS-14, 1265-1268.