This study investigates the emergence of early phonological templates in the linguistic development of two children, one acquiring Brazilian Portuguese (BP) and the other acquiring the European variety (EP). We follow the dynamic perspective of phonological development, which understands language development as a process of evolution characterised by variability. According to this view, although there is instability in development there are adjustments in the system due to the self-organization principle, which can be understood as a spontaneous pattern formation. The Whole-Word Phonology/Templates model is adopted in the analysis of early phonological patterns. The model claims that the organising principle in early phonological development is the whole word, not features or segments. These early word patterns are understood as templates, i.e. systematic shapes that facilitate expansion of the lexicon. A preliminary longitudinal study was conducted to investigate the early templates in BP and EP. We observed variability between the subjects regarding the type of template. In addition, we observed that moments of use and disuse of templates vary from child to child. The preliminary results suggest that there are templates operating in the variability in phonological development. Also, the manifestation of a template characterises instability in the development. In moments of instability, templates are formed due to the principle of self-organisation, namely the spontaneous formation of patterns. The system organises itself due to its inherent ability to find patterns from some type of interaction.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2017|
|Place of Publication||Chania/Greece|
|Publisher||Institute of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||International Symposium of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech - Great Arsenali Conference Cente, Chania, Greece|
Duration: 4 Sep 2017 → 7 Sep 2017
|Conference||International Symposium of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech|
|Abbreviated title||ISMBS 2017|
|Period||4/09/17 → 7/09/17|
- Brazilian and European Portuguese
- Dynamic systems
Correia, S., & Baia, M. D. F. (2017). Self-organisation in phonological development: templates in Brazilian and European Portuguese. In E. Babatsouli (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2017 (pp. 45-51). Chania/Greece: Institute of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech.