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The first steps in the acquisition of syllables and geminates in Tashlhiyt Berber

Abstract : This paper presents preliminary results of a longitudinal study that focuses on the developmental trajectory of speech production capacities in two Berber children acquiring Tashlhiyt from the babbling period to the emergence of early grammar. Very few studies, if any, are devoted to the Berber language acquisition, and Tashlhiyt, the variety spoken in South-west Morocco, presents very interesting phonetic and phonological characteristics to study in a developmental perspective. Probably the most salient characteristic is the use of complex consonants clusters, resulting in a highly marked syllable structure where any segment, even a voiceless obstruent, may occur in the nucleus position. Another feature, which deserves to be studied relates to consonant length. Tashlhiyt Berber contrasts singleton and geminated consonants in various contexts, including word-initial, medial and final positions.
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Mohamed Lahrouchi. The first steps in the acquisition of syllables and geminates in Tashlhiyt Berber. Jiyoung Choi; Hamida Demirdache; Oana Lungu; and Laurence Voeltzel. Language Acquisition at the Interfaces: Proceedings of GALA 2015, 2017, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.108-129, 2017, 978-1-5275-0336-6. ⟨halshs-01667771⟩



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