|Reranking Constraints: Coda obstruent devoicing in the acquisition of English phonology by Polish speakers
|The present research will investigate how successful Polish learners are at acquiring English phonology. This will be done on the basis of coda obstruent devoicing.
The aim of this dissertation is to check how the status of a complete beginner’s phonology is represented in OT, how certain constraints must be downgraded or promoted (reranked) in order for the speaker to produce phonemes of quality adequate for his level of advancement. Finally, one of the aims is also to investigate how the interim stages of interlanguage phonology for the analyzed speakers can be represented in OT.