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DIRECTIONALITY OF TONE CHANGE

@inproceedings{Pittayaporn2007DIRECTIONALITYOT,
  title={DIRECTIONALITY OF TONE CHANGE},
  author={Pittayawat Pittayaporn},
  year={2007}
}
In this paper, I present a theory of tonal change focusing on the directionality of tone change. Drawing on studies on phonetic variation in tones, I propose three main mechanisms that govern the directions in which tones change: 1) segment-tone interaction, 2) contextual variation, and 4) perceptual maximization. The predictions made by a model that includes these mechanisms are borne out by the tonal development of Bangkok Thai. 
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