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Origins of Sound Change


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Part I: What is Phonologization 1: Larry Hyman: Enlarging the Scope of Phonologization 2: Elizabeth Hume and Frederic Mailhot: Certainty and Expectation in Phonologization and Language Part II: Phonetic Considerations 3: Andrew Garrett and Keith Johnson: Phonetic Bias in Sound Change 4: Heike Lehnert-LeHouillier: From Long to Short and From Short to Long: Perceptual motivations for changes in vocalic length 5: Sam Tilsen: Inibitory Mechanisms in Speech Planning Maintain and Maximie Contrast 6: Chandan Narayan: Developmental Perspectives on phonological Typology and Sound Change Part III: Phonological and Morphological Considerations 7: Abby Kaplan: Lexical Sensitivity to Phonetic and Phonological Pressures 8: Jeff Mielke: Phonologization and the Typology of Feature Behaviour 9: Rebecca Morley: Rapid Learning of Morphologically Conditioned Phonetics: Vowel nasalization across a boundary Part IV: Social and Computational Dynamics 10: Alan C. L. Yu: Individual Variation in Socio-cognitive Processing and Sound Change 11: James Kirby: The Role of Probabilistic Enhancement in Phonologization 12: Frederic Mailhot: Modelling the Emergence of Vowel Harmony Through Iterated Learning 13: Morgan Sonderegger and Partha Niyogi: Variation and Change in English Noun/Verb Pair Stress: Data, dynamical systems models, and their interaction

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Alan C. L. Yu is Associate Professor of Linguistics and the College and the University of Chicago. He also directs the Phonology Laboratory and the Washo Documentation Project. His research focuses on phonological theory, phonetics, language typology, and language variation and change. He is the author of A Natural History of Infixation (2007, Oxford University Press) and co-editor of the Blackwell Handbook of Phonological Theory 2nd Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).


The collection presents fascinating insights and raises intriguing further questions ... This book will be of interest not only to a readership in historical linguistics or phonology, but also to researchers and students in other disciplines interested in sound change * Krisztina Polgardi, Acta Linguistica Hungarica *
The aspiring diachronic phonologist will find many avenues here worthy of further pursuit, and the more seasoned scholar will be heartened by the new models of phonologisation that have emerged out of a synthesis between cutting-edge computational and experimental method. * Bridget Samuels, Diachronica *

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