Optimality Theory, Phonological Acquisition and Disorders
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Focusing on the phonologies of children with functional (non-organic) speech disorders, this volume reports the latest findings in optimality theory, phonological acquisition and disorders. The book is based on typological, cross-sectional, longitudinal, and experimental evidence from over 200 children. It stands out because of the unique test case that the population offers to optimality theory, particularly with respect to puzzles of opacity, lawful orders of acquisition, and language learnability. Beyond its theoretical significance, this research holds clinical relevance for the assessment and treatment of disordered populations, most notably the systematic prediction of learning outcomes. The volume bridges the gap between theory and application by showing how each informs the other. It is intended for linguists, psychologists, speech pathologists, second-language instructors and those interested in the latest developments in phonological theory and its applied extensions.
Published: Mar 1, 2008
'...this volume should be of significant interest to researchers for the insight it provides into the connections between linguistic theory and language acquisition data. Anyone engaged in phonological acquisition research would do well to spend some time with this book.'
Studies in Second Language Acquisition
'OTPAD constitutes a success: it is sound, interesting and entertaining. It is enviably well written and well produced, attempting to explain issues both boradly (how events should be viewed) and in detail (how events should be described). The authors are well-versed in and familiar with OT, both at the descriptive and explanatory level, and one can imagine OTPAD serving a very useful purpose in an OT introductory course.'
Linguistics, Vol. 45, 2009
'The broad swath of data on disordered and typical phonological acquisition is valuable by itself, but the
formulation of generalisations using the tools of OT makes the book a resource for the study of grammar change in acquisition. The theoretical analyses are mainly focused on the specific questions at hand and may have limited application to work on adult phonologies, but they embody a number of innovative claims, and deserve the attention of phonologists.'
Eugene Buckley, University of Pennsylvania, Phonology 27, 2010