Title
Fillers as signs of distributional learning Fillers as signs of distributional learning
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Journal of child language. - London, 1974, currens
Volume/pages
36(2009) :2 , p. 323-353
ISSN
0305-0009
1469-7602
ISI
000263800900004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
A longitudinal analysis is presented of the fillers of a Dutch-speaking child between 1 ; 10 and 2 ; 7. Our analysis corroborates familiar regularities reported in the literature: most fillers resemble articles in shape and distribution, and are affected by rhythmic and positional constraints. A novel finding is the impact of the lexical environment: particular function words act as anchor words that attract occurrences of schwa fillers after them. The child inserts significantly more schwa fillers in these contexts. The anchor words are among the most frequent words preceding articles in the input, indicating a sharp sensitivity to such distributional regularities. Nasal fillers too are affected by distributional learning, but at the phonological level: the child first uses nasals before [h]-initial nouns, and then generalizes this usage to all [h]-initial words. These observations are related to the growing body of evidence for the impact of distributional learning on early language production.
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