Anne-Michelle Tessier

University of Alberta
Talk Title: 
Weigh(t)ing the Evidence: Analyses of Lexical Avoidance in Later Phonological Acquisition
Event Type: 
Brown Bag Talk
Fall 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Department Seminar Room

This talk is about the nature of constraint interaction -- namely,
about whether phonological constraints should be weighted rather than
ranked -- using data from the acquisition phenomenon of lexical
avoidance. The empirical focus will be on children's avoidance of
complex phonology at a somewhat later stage (c.f. Vihman and Velleman,
2000; Fikkert and Levelt. 2008), at the point where they are shifting
from one word to multi-word utterances. Using data from the diary
study of Donahue (1986) and new work with children in the Davis (1995)
corpus, I will make two different arguments for weighted constraints
in the analysis of lexical avoidance, and in its interaction with
child-specific phonological processes.