Aquisição dos ditongos orais decrescentes: contribuições da teoria da otimidade conexionista

Giovana Ferreira Gonçalves Bonilha


The acquisition of falling oral diphthongs in Brazilian
Portuguese was discussed in Bonilha (2000) on the basis of data on 86
cross-sectional subjects in light of standard Optimality Theory (OT) –
generativist/connectionist. The results show that the acquisition of
diphthongs formed by low vowels precedes that of diphthongs formed by
mid-high and high vowels. Benayon (2006), using multi-representational
models, challenges this analysis by taking issue with the OT approach.
The argument is based on the fact that type and token frequencies play a
role in the phonological development process. The present paper, based
on the longitudinal data on a subject aged 1:0 and 4:0, proposes a
reanalysis of the acquisition of the falling oral diphthongs in Brazilian
Portuguese on the basis of connectionist Optimality Theory. It aims at
demonstrating the suitability of this theoretical model for a data analysis
that takes the role of type and token frequency into account.

Palavras-chave: aquisição; Teoria da Otimidade Conexionista; ditongos
orais decrescentes.

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e-ISSN: 1984-7726

ISSN-L: 0101-3335


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