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Pröll, Simon; Freienstein, Jan-Claas and Ernst, Oliver (2016): Exemplarbasierte Annäherungen an das Silbengelenk. In: Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik, Vol. 44, No. 2: pp. 149-171 [PDF, 1MB]

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Using elicited experimental data from 35 kindergartners, this article investigates the ability of children aged 3-6 to deal with German ambisyllabic consonants. In this age group - yet without structured tuition in reading and writing, the development of the phonologic system still in progress - both intra-and inter-subject variation appears to be greater than previous studies conducted on school children revealed. It is argued that this variability supports the view of an exemplar-based theory on language acquisition;stable analytic knowledge on this specific syllable structure emerges as a function of age and frequency. Simultaneously, the data suggest a second kind of underlying variation, stemming from the contact of two conflicting typological syllable systems.

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