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Book: Optimality Theory, Phonological Acquisition and Disorders

Chapter: 5 An unusual error pattern reconsidered

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.21485


This chapter reconsiders a challenging case of an unusual error pattern documented by Leonard and Brown (1984). T (age 3;8) replaced all word-final consonants with [s] but more importantly inserted [s] after word-final vowels. The purpose of this chapter is to show that optimality theory offers a fresh perspective on this error pattern and its subsequent course of development.

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