An advanced introduction to the acquisition of phonology and the first textbook on normal (non-disordered) phonological acquisition. This book steers readers toward an investigation of the extent to which theories of speech production explains recurring sound patterns in child language and introduces perceptual aspects of acquisition. Patterns in Child Phonology guides the reader in advancing the observational skills of phonological analyses and in asking important questions in the field of phonological acquisition. This student-friendly textbook includes definitions of phonological terms and concepts and covers child phonological patterns, phonological theory, the pre-production stages of phonological acquisition, non-grammatical factors affecting acquisition, and an overview of issues in phonological acquisition. Applicable to students of all disciplines.