Show simple item record Gierut, Judith A. en 2015-06-23T19:36:26Z en 2015-06-23T19:36:26Z en 2007 en
dc.identifier.citation Gierut, J. A. (2007). Phonological complexity and language learnability. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16, 1-12. PMCID: PMC2553565 en
dc.description.abstract Purpose: To extend formal models of language learnability to applications in clinical treatment of children with functional phonological delays. Method: The focus of the narrative review is on phonological complexity. This follows from learnability theory, whereby complexity in the linguistic input to children has been shown to trigger language learning. Drawing from the literature, phonological complexity is defined from epistemic, ontological, and functional perspectives, with specific emphasis on the application of language universals in the selection of target sounds for treatment. Results: The cascading effects of phonological complexity on children's generalization learning are illustrated, and frequently asked questions about complexity in treatment are addressed. Conclusion: The role of complexity in cognitive development is introduced to demonstrate the apparent robustness of effects. en
dc.description.sponsorship National Institutes of Health DC00433, RR7031K, DC00076, DC001694 (PI: Gierut) en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher ASHA en
dc.relation.isversionof en
dc.rights © 2007 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association en
dc.subject phonology en
dc.subject child phonology en
dc.subject clinical phonology en
dc.subject phonological disorders in children en
dc.subject phonological treatment en
dc.subject Learnability Project en
dc.subject language acquisition en
dc.title Phonological complexity and language learnability en
dc.type Article en

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