This book combines a vast collection of data on phonological acquisition with close attention to Optimality Theory. It blends the studies of linguistics, psycholinguistics, and speech-language pathology in reference to phonological development. It also contains a step-by-step evaluation of competing theories while presenting a complete view of non-linear phonology, including adult grammar, psychological processing, first and second language acquisition, and inter-generational language changes. The authors focus on speech production rather than perception, emphasizing data from the period of real words. The many tables and phonological trees help to make this timely and useful study accessible to students and professionals alike. Among its key features it: addresses the full range of phonological patterns observed in children's speech; surveys patterns of development in children's speech; and provides the only existing single framework for children's phonological development.
"The Handbook of Phonological Development provides a compelling and comprehensive examination of the relationship between current phonological theories and phonological acquisition data. The authors draw on their knowledge of linguistics, psycholinguistics, and speech-language pathology to provide a new and exciting view of phonological development within the framework of Optimality Theory." --CAROL STOEL-GAMMON, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle "The field of phonological development has been in great need of a comprehensive volume on nonlinear phonology. The Bernhardt and Stemberger book fills this need exceptionally well. It is not only current--including recent treatments of optimality theory--but thorough. Later as well as earlier periods of phonological development are discussed, and there is coverage of children with phonological disorders as well as typically developing children. This book should be read by anyone interested in how children learn phonology." --LAURENCE B. LEONARD, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana "Handbook of Phonological Development represents the future of linguistics, psycholinguistics, and speech sciences. It is a compelling synthesis of phonological theory and the learning and processing mechanisms hypothesized in modern cognitive science." --GARY S. DELL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Language and speech-language pathology students, as well as practicing speech-language pathologists, will find this book a useful resource, as it provides important examples of applying phonological theories in understanding and accelerating language development." --CHOICE "Bernhardt and Stemberger are to be congratulated for taking on the important and often difficult task of building bridges between phonology and child phonology, speech-language pathology, and psycholinguistics, and for taking so few assumptions for granted in doing so... a phonologist of any bent should find plenty of interest in this book." --PHONOLOGY, 1999 "The Handbook of Phonological Development from the Perspective of Constraint-Based Nonlinear Phonology is a valuable resource for any serious student of phonological development. This book is written primarily for researchers, who will want it in either their personal collection or their university's library. It will also make a useful text for doctorial-level seminars in phonological development." --Mary C. Berni, University of Memphis, JOURNAL OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY, 2006
Introduction. Worldviews for Phonology. Phonological Representations and Processes. Constraints. Segmental Development. Prosodic Development. Sequences of Elements. Theory and Application: Not Just for the Clinician. Acquisition of Adult Alternations. Discussion and Conclusions. Appendix A: International Phonetic Association (1989) Symbols Used in This book. Appendix B: The Features Used in This Book. Appendix C: List of the Constraints of Optimality Theory. Appendix D: Practical Guidelines for Using Constraints. References. Index.