Evolutionary Phonology and the Life Cycle of Voiceless Sonorants 1

@inproceedings{Blevins2015EvolutionaryPA,
  title={Evolutionary Phonology and the Life Cycle of Voiceless Sonorants 1},
  author={J. Blevins},
  year={2015}
}
In this chapter I examine the phonetic origins of voiceless sonorants cross-linguistically within the general framework of Evolutionary Phonology (Blevins 2004, 2006, 2008b, 2014). In terms of a general hierarchy of contrast, we observe that: voiceless obstruents are common; voiceless sonorant consonants are uncommon; voiceless vowels are extremely rare… CONTINUE READING