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Phonological acquisition: Child language and constraint-based grammar by Anne-Michelle Tessier (review)

Phonological acquisition: Child language and constraint-based grammar by Anne-Michelle Tessier... TEXTBOOK REVIEW Phonological acquisition: Child language and constraint-based grammar. By Anne- Michelle Tessier. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Pp. 414. ISBN 9780230293779. $55. Reviewed by John Archibald, University of Victoria Introduction. This book has clearly been written by someone who researches, teaches, and loves phonological acquisition. There are many audiences who are interested in child speech: lin- guists, clinicians, teachers, psychologists, and so forth. Each audience presents its own chal- lenges, of course. Tessier has succeeded in producing a book that will fit into the undergraduate linguistics curriculum because it seeks to both describe and explain (in the Chomskyan sense) the developmental paths and patterns of child phonological acquisition. T also ensures that the book is well grounded in phonological theory, which is important for two reasons. One is that any ac- count of language acquisition depends on the model of what is being acquired (and that is what phonological theory provides). Second, any discussion of child phonology needs to tackle the question of whether child grammars are consistent with the principles and properties of the gram- mars of primary languages (say adult French, or Norwegian). It would certainly work in a course dedicated to child phonology, but I can http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Language Linguistic Society of America

Phonological acquisition: Child language and constraint-based grammar by Anne-Michelle Tessier (review)

Language , Volume 93 (4) – Dec 21, 2017

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TEXTBOOK REVIEW Phonological acquisition: Child language and constraint-based grammar. By Anne- Michelle Tessier. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Pp. 414. ISBN 9780230293779. $55. Reviewed by John Archibald, University of Victoria Introduction. This book has clearly been written by someone who researches, teaches, and loves phonological acquisition. There are many audiences who are interested in child speech: lin- guists, clinicians, teachers, psychologists, and so forth. Each audience presents its own chal- lenges, of course. Tessier has succeeded in producing a book that will fit into the undergraduate linguistics curriculum because it seeks to both describe and explain (in the Chomskyan sense) the developmental paths and patterns of child phonological acquisition. T also ensures that the book is well grounded in phonological theory, which is important for two reasons. One is that any ac- count of language acquisition depends on the model of what is being acquired (and that is what phonological theory provides). Second, any discussion of child phonology needs to tackle the question of whether child grammars are consistent with the principles and properties of the gram- mars of primary languages (say adult French, or Norwegian). It would certainly work in a course dedicated to child phonology, but I can

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