Linguistics Department Colloquium: Functional pressure from the lexicon shapes phoneme inventory evolution
Colloquium | October 24 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Andrew Wedel, University of Arizona
A language's sound system must provide for perceptual contrast between morphemes in order to communicate meaning distinctions. Here I present evidence consistent with a model in which lexical competition induces phonetically specific hyperarticulation of individual words, and that this effect in turn influences long-term change in the system of phonemic contrasts.
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