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Phonological Templates in Development

Marilyn May Vihman


Based on cross-linguistic data from several children each learning one of eight languages and grounded in the theoretical frameworks of usage-based phonology, exemplar theory, and Dynamic Systems Theory, this book explores the patterns or phonological templates children develop once they are producing 20–50 words or more. The children are found to begin with ‘selected’ words, which match some of the vocal forms they have practised in babbling; this is followed by the production of more challenging adult word forms, adapted—differently by different children and with some shaping by the particul ... More

Keywords: cross-linguistic data, dynamic systems theory, English rhyming compounds, Estonian short forms, exemplar theory, French short forms, hypocoristics, phonological templates, systematicity, usage-based phonology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198793564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marilyn May Vihman, author
Professor of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York