The Influence of Sonority on Cluster Acquisition of Egyptian Arabic Children Aged Two to Three Years
Mona Maamoun [+]
University of Alexandria
This paper aims to test and describe the reliability of the sonority scale principle (Clements, 1990) on the acquisition of clusters of monolingual normally developing Egyptian children aged two to three years. In order to be able to evaluate the influence of SSP on the structure of clusters of Arabic phonological disorders we need first to investigate its accuracy on the process of normal cluster acquisition as done by the current study. During the cluster acquisition children exhibit certain types of cluster simplification phonological processes (such as cluster reduction) till they fully master the clusters. By the analysis of these types of phonological processes on the Arabic language from the sonority perspective we can contribute on shading light on the validity of SSP as a universal phonological predictor for the sequences of the consonant clusters.