The universalist view that acquisition of phology is guided by universal principles has been the dominant position for decades. More recently, an alternative view has brought into focus the relationship between developmental markedness and language-specific input frequencies. With entirely original chapters on n-ambient-like productions by typically and atypically developing children, and second language learners, Unusual Productions in Phology delves deeply into these competing explanations to show that patterns observed do t uniquely lend themselves to one or the other explanations. Rather, they point towards the need for both universal markedness and statistical input considerations in any attempted explanation. Containing contributions from leading researchers from around the world, this impressive collection is a must-have resource for any researcher, practitioner, or advanced student specializing in phology, cognitive psychology, applied linguistics, and communication disorders.
Mehmet Yavas is a Professor of Linguistics at Florida International University. He has published numerous articles on applied phonology and is the principal author of Avaliacao Fonologica da Crianca (1990), a phonological assessment procedure for Brazilian Portuguese. His other publications include Phonological Disorders in Children (1991), First and Second Language Phonology (1994), Phonology: Development and Disorders (1998), and Applied English Phonology (3rd edition forthcoming).