DEC Colloquium

Effects of Phonological Context on Children’s Perception and Production of Grammatical Morphemes

Speaker(s)
Katherine Demuth (Macquari University)
Practical information
01 October 2013
11:30am-1pm
Place

Salle Langevin

Language acquisition researchers have long observed that children’s early use of grammatical morphemes is highly variable. This has generally been attributed to incomplete syntactic or semantic representations. However, recent research has found that the variable perception and production of grammatical morphemes such as articles and verbal inflections is phonologically conditioned. Thus, children are more likely to perceived and produce grammatical morphemes in simple phonological contexts than in those that are more complex. This raises many theoretical questions about the nature of linguistic representations, and how these develop. It also raises important methodological issues for investigating syntactic knowledge in L1 acquisition, bilinguals, and those with language impairment. Implications for understanding the mechanisms underlying language processing, the ‘perception-production’ gap, and a developmental model of speech planning, are discussed 

Fundings:
Research in Paris Programme - Mairie de Paris
Ecole Normale Supérieure - Département d'études cognitives