Chapter published in:Sonic Signatures: Studies dedicated to John Harris
Edited by Geoff Lindsey and Andrew Nevins
[Language Faculty and Beyond 14] 2017
► pp. 190–200
The beginning of the word
Child language data
In this study, we use child language data in order to test the phonological status of the beginning of the word. Working within a strict CV framework, we predict an association between mastery of obstruent clusters word-initially and accurate repetition of non-native consonant clusters in the same position. Using a non-word repetition task, we examine the production of native and non-native consonant clusters in twenty Greek-speaking children aged 4–5 years. Results support our hypothesis and the strict CV view of the beginning of the word.
Keywords: consonant clusters, Greek, phonological acquisition, strict CV, non-word repetition, child language, phonological structure
Published online: 30 November 2017
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