The effects of allomorphic variation on children’s acquisition of plural morphology

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Abstract

While children begin producing plural words in their natural
speech from around two years, it is unclear when they acquire
a full understanding of plural morphology. Two intermodal
preferential looking (IPL) experiments using eye-tracking
examined the effect of allomorphic variation on children’s
acquisition of English plural morphology. Experiment One
looked at 24-month-olds’ understanding of segmental plural
allomorphs /s/ and /z/. It was found that, while children at this age did not understand the number condition of nonce CVC singular words, or for nonce plural words inflected with voiced plural /z/, they did demonstrate understanding of the voiceless plural allomorph /s/. Experiment Two then tested 36-month olds’ understanding of the syllabic plural /əz/, finding that at this age children are able to demonstrate understanding of CVC singular nonce words, and of nonce words inflected with syllabic plural /əz/. These results add to our understanding of how allomorphic variation affects children’s acquisition of nominal plural morphology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationSST 2016
EditorsChristopher Carignan, Michael D. Tyler
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherAustralasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA)
Pages101-104
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (16th : 2016) - Parramatta, Australia
Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016
Conference number: 16th

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
ISSN (Electronic)2207-1296

Conference

ConferenceAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (16th : 2016)
Abbreviated titleSST2016
CountryAustralia
CityParramatta
Period6/12/169/12/16

Keywords

  • language acquisition
  • morphology
  • plural

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    Davies, B., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2016). The effects of allomorphic variation on children’s acquisition of plural morphology. In C. Carignan, & M. D. Tyler (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology: SST 2016 (pp. 101-104). (Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology). Canberra: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA).