Based on phonetic evidence and along the lines of Goad (2002), this study provides evidence for a developmental stage in the acquisition of English codas by Brazilian Portuguese (BP) speakers: Onset-Nucleus Sharing (ONS). Under this approach to the syllabification of word-final consonants, it is assumed that the to-be-acquired constituent syllabifies as an onset and, in order to be licensed, some of its features spread into the following empty nucleus in order to optimize the syllable shape of the intermediate grammars that characterize the interlanguage of these learners. This analysis reflects a minimal change from an L1 grammar that permits only CV syllables (i.e., BP), while still being faithful to the English input CVC melodic string. The analysis is couched within a stochastic version of the framework of Optimality Theory.
Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA)
edited by Alyona Belikova, Luisa Meroni, and Mari Umeda Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-419-5 library binding
vii + 490 pages
publication date: 2007
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA