Constraint conflict in cluster reduction.

  title={Constraint conflict in cluster reduction.},
  author={Joe Pater and Jessica A. Barlow},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  volume={30 3},
When children reduce onset clusters to singletons, a common pattern is for the least sonorous member of the adult cluster to be produced. Within optimality theory (Prince & Smolensky, 1993), this pattern has been accounted for in terms of a fixed ranking of onset constraints that evaluate a segment's degree of sonority, whereby onset glides violate the highest ranked constraint, and onset stops the lowest. Not all children follow the sonority pattern, however. In this paper, we apply two… CONTINUE READING

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