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A cross-linguistic perspective on the acquisition of manner of articulation contrasts in the productions of Dutch and German children

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Altvater-Mackensen,  Nicole
Max Planck Research Group Early Social Development, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Altvater-Mackensen, N., & Fikkert, P. (2015). A cross-linguistic perspective on the acquisition of manner of articulation contrasts in the productions of Dutch and German children. Language Acquisition, 22(1), 2-39. doi:10.1080/10489223.2014.892945.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0014-F5EB-5
Abstract
The present article investigates the acquisition of Manner of Articulation (MoA) contrasts in child language production. We analyzed spontaneous longitudinal speech data of four German and six Dutch 1- to 3-year-olds. The data suggest that the acquisition of MoA contrasts is influenced by various co-occurrence constraints at the word level. Interestingly, developmental patterns are very similar across languages. However, children seem to follow different strategies to introduce MoA contrasts: They either introduce MoA contrasts in word-initial position in monosyllables as well as in disyllables, or they introduce MoA contrasts in noninitial position in both types of words. We couch the data in a lexical framework assuming that early lexical representation fits templates that evolve in the course of development.