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Developmental origins of adult phonology The interplay between phonetic emergents and the evolutionary adaptations of sound patterns
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics. fonetik.
2000 (English)In: Phonetica, ISSN 0031-8388, Vol. 57, no 2-4, 297-314 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Emergent phonology is proposed to promote a new vision of the relationship between phonetics and phonology. By substituting it for the traditional division of labor, we would get away from Chomsky’s ‘inescapable dogma’.

The distinctions between form/substance and competence/performance should be abandoned having served their historical purpose. There is no split between phonetics and phonology because, from the developmental point of view, phonology remains behavior. Phonology differs qualitatively from phonetics in that it represents a new, more complex and higher level of organization of that behavior. For the child, phonology is not abstract. Its foundation is an emergent patterning of phonetic content. The starting point is the behavior. ‘Structure’ unfolds from it. Therefore the issue of ‘psychological reality’ does not arise. Similarly, explanations need not be limited to post-hoc experimental justifications for postulated formal phenomena but are integrated into the theory’s predictions. Behavioral realism and explanatory adequacy are given free reins.

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2000. Vol. 57, no 2-4, 297-314 p.
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emergent phonology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11047OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-11047DiVA: diva2:177566
Available from: 2008-01-09 Created: 2008-01-09 Last updated: 2011-01-14Bibliographically approved

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