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Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences

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Article

Publication Date

6-30-2016

Abstract

Research into adult learning of natural and unnatural pairs of artificial languages have demonstrated that it is easier to learn a phonological rule that is based on naturalness in language than a similar, but unnatural, version of the same rule (Wilson 2006, Carpenter 2010). Infants' learning of natural and unnatural phonology has produced mixed results (Gerken and Boltt, 2008; Seidl and Buckley, 2005). The present study focuses on older children's learning of a natural and unnatural version of a stress rule based on vowel height. The results show that 9- and 10-year-olds exhibit a bias towards the natural rule. I suggest that the bias develops from an interaction between general cognition and a language-specific one.

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This is the final accepted version of the following article:

Carpenter, A. C. (2016). Learning natural and unnatural phonological stress by 9- and 10-year-olds: A preliminary report. Journal of Child Language Acquisition and Development, 4(2), 62-77.

The final form of this article can be accessed here:

http://journal.science-res.com/index.php?journal=JCLAD&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=121

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