Challenging Sonority - Cross-linguistic Evidence - Martin J. Ball

Challenging Sonority - Cross-linguistic Evidence - Martin J. Ball

Sonority in Acquisition: A Review

Challenging Sonority - Cross-linguistic Evidence - Martin J. Ball

Jessica A. Barlow [+-]
San Diego State University
Jessica Barlow is Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University in California, USA. Her research focuses on phonological acquisition, phonological theory and phonological disorders, with an emphasis on English, Spanish and Spanish-English bilingualism. Most recently she has been focusing on morphophonology in acquisition. Her research has been published in such journals as Bilingualism: Language & Cognition; Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics; Frontiers in Psychology; Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; Language Acquisition; and Lingua. She is co-editor, with Ashley Farris-Trimble, of Perspectives on phonological theory and acquisition: In honor of Daniel A. Dinnsen (2014).


This chapter will provide an overview of the research that has focused on the role of sonority in phonological acquisition, to include both first and second language acquisition, as well as typical and atypical populations. Particular attention will be paid to the role of sonority in error patterns and in the acquisition of complex syllable structure. Specifically, sonority is implicated in complex syllable simplification patterns, as with coda deletion and cluster reduction. In addition, sonority has also shown to play a role in the specific order of acquisition of complex syllable structures, such that clusters with a large sonority distance are acquired before those with small sonority distance. While sonority can account for many such patterns, there are, not surprisingly, other instances where the sonority account fails. Alternative and complementary accounts for these exceptions that appeal to such concepts as syllable organization, morphology, and frequency effects are discussed.

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Barlow, Jessica A.. Sonority in Acquisition: A Review. Challenging Sonority - Cross-linguistic Evidence. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 295-336 Oct 2016. ISBN 9781781792278. Date accessed: 24 Apr 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25668. Oct 2016

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