Prosodic Acquisition: A Comparison of Two Theories

Angela Grimm (

In this presentation, I introduce and discuss two widely known models of prosodic acquisition: the template mapping model of Fikkert (1994) and the prosodic hierarchy model of Demuth & Fee (1995). Both models assume that the acquisition of word prosody is guided by universal prosodic principles. I will highlight and discuss a number of empirical and theoretical problems inherent in the models.

CLCG Klankleer Group Workshop 'On the Boundaries of Phonology and Phonetics'