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The Acquisiton of Word-final Clusters in French
Demuth, Katherine (Brown University)
Kehoe, Margaret (University of Hamburg)

Data: 2006
Resum: The structure of French syllables has long been controversial, particularly with respect to the status of word-final consonants. Some researchers suggest that word-final consonants are syllabified as codas, whereas others propose that these are onsets of empty-headed syllables. This raises questions regarding the nature of syllabic representations in children’s developing French, a topic that has received little attention. This study examines 2-year-olds’ elicited productions of wordfinal obstruent-liquid (OL) clusters, and compares these with the acquisition of word-initial OL clusters. The acquisition of singleton word-final consonants is also discussed. Although wordfinal clusters are acquired later than both word-initial clusters and word-final singletons, the error patterns are the same, with earlier acquisition and preservation of obstruents. A few children exhibit final vowel epenthesis, raising the possibility that some French-speaking children may syllabify word-final consonants as onsets. The paper concludes with a discussion of the crosslinguistic implications of these findings, identifying several areas for further research.
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Llengua: Anglès.
Document: Article ; recerca ; article ; publishedVersion
Matèria: Adquisició de la fonologia ; Estructura sil·làbica ; Grups consonàntics ; Phonological acquisition ; Syllable structure ; Clusters
Publicat a: Catalan Journal of Linguistics, V. 5 (2006) p. 59-81, ISSN 2014-9719

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