On the role of sympathy in acquisition

  • Dinnsen D
  • McGarrity L
  • O'Connor K
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Examined the role of sympathy in learning vowel lengthening before voiced consonants in the English language. Examined were the pronunciation characteristics of 2 children (aged 3.8 and 7.2 yrs) with phonological delays who were Ss in a study of G. D. Weismer et al (1981). Findings suggest that at least some developmental opacity effects support sympathy and that such effects naturally emerge in the course of development from the harmonic ranking of sympathy over input–output faithfulness and the incremental demotion of markedness constraints. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA )

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  • 2343 Learning &
  • 2820 Cognitive & Perceptual Development
  • Consonants
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • English
  • Language Development
  • Memory
  • Pronunciation
  • Sympathy
  • Vowels
  • consonants
  • developmental language delays
  • language
  • language learning
  • pronunciation
  • sympathy
  • vowel lengthening

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  • Daniel A Dinnsen

  • Laura W McGarrity

  • Kathleen M O'Connor

  • Kimberly A B Swanson

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