Where phonology meets morphology in the context of rapid language change and universal bilingualism: Irish initial mutations in child language

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dc.contributor.author Müller, Nicole
dc.contributor.author Muckley, Sarah-Ann
dc.contributor.author Antonijevic-Elliott, Stanislava
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-07T09:58:25Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-07T09:58:25Z
dc.date.issued 2018-11-16
dc.identifier.citation Müller, N., Muckley, S.-A. and Antonijevic-Elliott, S. (2018) 'Where phonology meets morphology in the context of rapid language change and universal bilingualism: Irish initial mutations in child language', Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 33(1-2), pp. 3-19. doi:10.1080/02699206.2018.1542742 en
dc.identifier.volume 33 en
dc.identifier.issued 1-2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 3 en
dc.identifier.endpage 19 en
dc.identifier.issn 0269-9206
dc.identifier.issn 1464-5076
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7256
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/02699206.2018.1542742
dc.description.abstract As one of the Celtic languages, Irish is among the few languages in the world that employ word initial mutations (IMs) in order to express grammatical functions. IMs express grammatical information by a way of systematic alternation of minimal phonological contrasts, which closely links segmental phonology to grammatical morphology (Irish also employs final consonant palatalization as a grammatical marker, but this will not be the focus of our paper).The overwhelming majority of Irish speakers are bilingual (with English), and virtually all Irish-speaking children grow up with varying degrees of exposure to and use of English in the home. Irish is undergoing rapid language change at present, and the system of IM is affected by this process of shift such that many fluent Irish speakers show inconsistent use of IM in their spoken language.Given inconsistency in the use of a grammatical system in the adult language, the question arises whether it will be possible to identify developmental norms for the use of IM in child language. This in turn has clinical implications, in terms of the presence (or absence) of clinical markers of language delay or disorder.The data we report on consist of narrative samples from typically developing children (aged between 3 and 6) and a group of parents, who completed the same task (telling a story from a wordless picture book). We plot consistency and accuracy IM use in the language of children and parents. A key finding is that inconsistent IM use by parents is mirrored by inconsistent use by children. We discuss clinical implications for language sampling for diagnostic purposes, and the importance of individualized assessment. en
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dc.publisher Taylor & Francis Group, LLC en
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2018.1542742
dc.rights © 2018, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics on 16 November 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02699206.2018.1542742 en
dc.subject Irish en
dc.subject Morphology en
dc.subject Phonology en
dc.subject Bilingualism en
dc.subject Language change en
dc.title Where phonology meets morphology in the context of rapid language change and universal bilingualism: Irish initial mutations in child language en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Nicole Muller, Speech And Hearing Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: nicole.muller@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2019-11-16
dc.date.updated 2019-01-07T09:42:44Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.contributor.funder An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta, Ireland
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress nicole.muller@ucc.ie en


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