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date: 15 August 2020

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This chapter highlights some of the descriptive and experimental findings about young children’s phonological (non-organic) disorders that have emerged from and contribute to contemporary rule- and constraint-based theories of phonology. Special attention is given to the nature of children’s underlying representations and the processes that relate those representations to corresponding phonetic outputs. Grammatical accounts of several characteristic error patterns are examined from different theoretical perspectives. The focus is on error patterns involving restrictions on phonetic inventories, distributional restrictions, paradigm effects (i.e., morpho-phonological alternations), conspiracies, and consonant clusters. Experimental results from clinical treatment studies are also brought to bear on the evaluation of several phonological claims.

Keywords: conspiracies, consonant clusters, phonetic inventories, underlying representations, covert contrasts, phonological processes, morpho-phonological alternations, optimality theory, single-subject experimental designs, clinical intervention

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