A developmental grammar for syllable structure in the production of child language
Levelt, C. C., Schiller, N. O., & Levelt, W. J. M.
A developmental grammar for syllable structure in the production of child language. Brain and Language, 68
The order of acquisition of Dutch syllable types by first language learners is analyzed as following from an initial ranking and subsequent rerankings of constraints in an optimality theoretic grammar. Initially, structural constraints are all ranked above faithfulness constraints, leading to core syllable (CV) productions only. Subsequently, faithfulness gradually rises to the highest position in the ranking, allowing more and more marked syllable types to appear in production. Local conjunctions of Structural constraints allow for a more detailed analysis.