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Title: NATURAL PHONOLOGY AS A FUNCTIONAL THEORY
Authors: Balas, Anna
Keywords: natural phonology
functionalism
second language acquisition
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Versita Ltd., de Gruyter
Citation: Poznań Studies in Contemporary Linguistics vol. 45 (1), 2009, pp. 43-54
Abstract: This paper presents Natural Phonology as a functional theory. Natural Phonology is shown to be functional in two senses: as focusing on explanation and thus increasing our understanding of how language works, and as having practical applications, especially to second language acquisi- tion and speech therapy. The contribution argues that crucial as formalism is in computational linguistics and speech technology, Natural Phonology, with less rigid and less formalized claims, has important applications in the areas where language and not totally predictable human factors are involved. The paper discusses approaches to autonomy in language, explanation and hy- pothesis in Natural Phonology, and applications of Natural Phonology.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10593/7319
DOI: 10.2478/v10010-009-0001-y
ISSN: 0137-2459
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