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Title: Lexicon–phonology relationships and dynamics of early language development – a commentary on Stoel-Gammon's ‘Relationships between lexical and phonological development in young children’
Author: Jan Edwards
Institution: University of Wisconsin Madison
Author: Benjamin Munson
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Homepage: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~munso005/
Institution: University of Minnesota
Author: Mary Esther Beckman
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Homepage: http://ling.osu.edu/~mbeckman
Institution: Ohio State University
Linguistic Field: Linguistic Theories; Psycholinguistics
Abstract: We applaud Stoel-Gammon's (this issue) call for a more comprehensive account of the relationship between lexicon and phonology, and we strongly endorse her suggestions for future research. However, we think that it will not be enough simply to integrate findings and methods from the adult-centered and child-centered literatures. Both of these literatures suggest that we need to rethink standard assumptions about what phonological representations are and how they emerge to support the very large vocabularies that speakers develop over the course of a lifetime. Our commentary focuses on three themes relevant to this reconceptualization.

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