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This open–minded, comprehensive overview of the intersecting components of phonological development is a masterpiece that should shape new directions of research for many years to come. Vihman elucidates the many underlying assumptions, some in conflict with one another, that have guided research on phonological development, and lays out clearly the relevance of individual variability in very young children. Vihman s work will cause researchers in the disparate areas of perception, production, word learning, variation, and phonological universals to be informed by each other s results, potentially revolutionizing our understanding of phonological development.
Sharon Inkelas, University of California, Berkeley

"Phonological Development: The First Two Years
(Second Edition) is essential reading and a primary text for all specialists and students in language development as well as those interested in phonological development in particular. It provides in–depth and up–to–date coverage of all areas of research relevant to understanding phonological development, with comprehensive reviews of both empirical findings and theoretical frameworks. An emphasis is made on the need to relate the development of perception and production, and the study of phonological development to broader areas of language acquisition. Besides eleven chapters, it also contains valuable appendices on protowords and template analyses. To my knowledge it is the most thorough and important book on this topic to date."
David Ingram, Arizona State University

Marilyn Vihman s work unfolds on the center court of child phonology research. This book gives a broad and insightful account of this complex topic a treatment that is likely to serve, for a long time, as an indispensable reference on the early stages of learning to speak. Björn Lindblom, Stockholm University

This eagerly awaited second edition masterfully updates Vihman′s review of research on earlier themes as well as on several new themes, much of which attests to the profound inspiration of the seminal first edition. Mary Beckman, Ohio State University

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The field of child phonology has seen major developments in research, with the emergence of exciting new methods in the 18 years since the publication of Vihman s classic first edition. Drawing on this progress, Vihman has updated and completely revised her successful text to focus on the very latest research in phonological development in the first two years of life the period of the most rapid learning and the most dramatic developmental advances.

Retaining its unique approach and coverage, the new edition expands the chapters on perception, vocal production and the transition into language use, including sections on the perception and production of native–language speech rhythms. A new chapter provides an overview of communicative and attentional as well as perceptual and vocal development in the first 18 months, with an additional focus on both implicit and explicit learning mechanisms. There are also entirely new chapters on segmentation and distributional learning, experiments in word learning, and bilingual phonological development. In addition, Phonological Development reviews theoretical models of perception as well as formalist and functionalist theoretical approaches to phonological development and concludes by considering the link between perception and production and the role of lexical knowledge and use in further learning. Vihman s much needed and timely update will provide an invaluable source book for students and researchers alike.

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