Acquiring phonology is not acquiring inventories but contrasts: The loss of Turkic and Korean primary long vowels

  title={Acquiring phonology is not acquiring inventories but contrasts: The loss of Turkic and Korean primary long vowels},
  author={Baris Kabak},
Abstract Evaluating Trudgill's correlation of phoneme inventory size with social factors, this paper highlights the role of phonological structure in the acquisition of phonological contrast, with particular reference to Turkic and Korean vowel inventories. Factors such as social dominance, isolation, and community size are shown not to provide plausible explanations for the loss of primary long vowels in most Turkic languages and their preservation in a few others, nor for the neutralization… 
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