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Book: Optimality Theory, Phonological Acquisition and Disorders

Chapter: 3 Fundamentals of experimental design and treatment

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.21483


Single-subject experimental designs offer a unique framework from which to test the basic premises and predictions of linguistic theory. As applied to phonological development, this set of designs capitalizes on the heterogeneity that is characteristic of development, while aiming to extract patterns of learning that are common across children.

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