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To address the role of naturalness in phonological learning, Youngah Do, Elizabeth Zsiga, Sui Lung Sze, and I have conducted a series of artificial language learning experiments to investigate to what extent learners are able to learn unnatural alternations. In one experiment, presented at LSA 90, we simulated a language contact situa- tion in which speakers of Sebirwa borrowed a phonetically unnatural pattern from a neighboring language, Setswana. In a follow-up study, published in the Proceedings of AMP, we test how learners develop knowledge of phonetic naturalness through production experience. Learners in both experiments showed no bias toward natural patterns in categorical learning, but we found that the effects of naturalness may emerge when an alternation is variable. In work presented at LabPhon 18, we compare child acquisition of rounding harmony with gender agreement, and show that phonological, but not syntactic, learning is biased toward naturalness, but again only in variable contexts.

The Sounds Of Language Zsiga Pdf 18


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