Interrelations between phonological and morphological development in the first language acquisition of Spanish phonology: a longitudinal case study

Espinoza, Yuliana (2020) Interrelations between phonological and morphological development in the first language acquisition of Spanish phonology: a longitudinal case study. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This longitudinal case study analyzes the interaction between phonology and morphology in the development of medial, final lexical and final inflectional codas of Irene, a Spanish-learning child from Asturias, Spain. I observe the child’s order of segmental development in light of Polo’s (2013) line of investigation, which shows that nasals are favoured over any other phonological category, as well as the fact that phonological development occurs first, while morphology lags behind. On the other hand, this thesis sheds new light regarding the role of stress in the three coda positions (medial, final lexical and final inflectional), suggesting that this prosodic factor does not have an effect on medial codas; however, its role on final codas cannot be independently verified due to the lack of relevant contexts in the dataset. These observations highlight a possible correlation between stress and word finality, which may be potentially applicable for additional languages.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/14910
Item ID: 14910
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 85-88).
Keywords: Spanish phonology, Spanish morphology, Spanish codas, Language acquisition, Phonology and morphology
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Linguistics
Date: September 2020
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Spanish language--Phonology; Spanish language--Morphology; Spanish language--Acquisition

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