06 Feb 2001
Dr Mits Ota
Not too small, not too big: Size restrictions on early production
In this talk I will re-examine the so-called minimal word hypothesis, which states that early words are single binary feet. After a quick review of some of the previous supporting arguments and their empirical problems, I will present new types of evidence from child Japanese, which exhibits a period where, in accordance with the hypothesis, lexical words are minimally bimoraic and maximally disyllabic.