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Rose: Abstract

Phonetic Effects on the Development of Phonological Categories: A Case Study

Yvan Rose (Memorial University of Newfoundland) 

In this talk, I address issues in child language phonology from the perspective of Quantal Feature Theory (Stevens 1972; Stevens & Kaiser 2010). This approach to phonological feature incorporates articulatory and acoustic parameters of speech, whose inter-relations account for both
variability within discrete categories as well as boundaries between these categories. From a developmental perspective, this approach also predicts that the learner may miss out, at least temporarily, on either of these dimensions. I provide evidence for this prediction through longitudinal data from Inês, a learner of European Portuguese.