The Berkeley Phonetics & Phonology Forum ("Phorum") is a weekly talk and discussion series featuring presentations on all aspects of phonology and phonetics.
Abstract coming soon
Jointly hosted by Phorum and FForum
Researchers have suggested that learners are biased to prefer phonological mappings between sounds that are phonetically similar (Steriade, 2001; Peperkamp et al., 2006; Wilson, 2006; White, 2014). We tested this claim in one artificial language study and one natural language study involving 12-month-old infants. Our results demonstrate that infants generalize phonological learning in ways that are not predicted from the input alone and sometimes even fail to learn patterns available in their input. These findings show that input statistics alone cannot account for how infants learn phonological alternations. Instead, phonological learning is biased by a preference for alternations involving phonetically similar segments.