Acquisition of complex structures in Greek : a gp and an ot approach

Part of : Γλωσσολογία ; Vol.17, 2006, pages 111-125

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Ιn the phonological acquisition of Greek simplified versions of onsets and codas emerge in parallel. Drawing on a longitudinal corpus of data from children acquiring Greek as their mother language, varying in age from 1;10 to 3:05.23, we will focus on the emergence of Stop + liquid clusters in initial position and the emergence of codas in all word positions. This paper will present a characterization of these facts in Government Phonology terms as the delayed licensing of empty nuclei and dependent structure, which present marked phonological Structures. Furthermore we will give an analysis within optimality Theory where the interaction of constraints such as ONSET, *COMΡLEX, No-CODA, *[+TRΙLLED], MAX, MAX-C# and ΙDENT will account for the emergence of unmarked structures, their position in the word, and the gradual production of complex structures in the course of language development.
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Περιέχει σημειώσεις, πίνακες και βιβλιογραφία, This paper is the result of joint research conducted at the University of Leiden between 2000 and 2001. Αuthors are given in alphabetical order. Αll data quoted were collected by the second named author who in subsequent research developed a database of longitudinal production data under the auspices of ULCL. For mοre details see Tzakosta (2004).