Title
The relation between order of acquisition, segmental frequency and function : the case of word-initial consonants in Dutch The relation between order of acquisition, segmental frequency and function : the case of word-initial consonants in Dutch
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Psychology
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Journal of child language. - London, 1974, currens
Volume/pages
40(2013) :4 , p. 703-740
ISSN
0305-0009
1469-7602
ISI
000322447900001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The impact of input frequency (IF) and functional load (FL) of segments in the ambient language on the acquisition order of word-initial consonants is investigated. Several definitions of IF/FL are compared and implemented. The impact of IF/FL and their components are computed using a longitudinal corpus of interactions between thirty Dutch-speaking children (age range: 0;62;0) and their primary caretaker(s). The corpus study reveals significant correlations between IF/FL and acquisition order. The highest predictive values are found for the token frequency of segments, and for FL computed on minimally different word types in child-directed speech. Although IF and FL significantly correlate, they do have a different impact on the order of acquisition of word-initial consonants. When the impact of IF is partialed out, FL still has a significant correlation with acquisition order. The reverse is not true, suggesting that the acquisition of wordinitial consonants is mainly influenced by their discriminating function.
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