Modelling the Distribution of Consonant Inventories by Taking a Functionalist Approach to Sound Change

Abstract

Certain kinds of sound inventories are more widely found in the world's languages than other kinds. Identifying a language with its speakers, we can state that languages show a preference for certain kinds of sound systems at the cost of other ones. Every language has attained its sound inventory in the course of a long-termed development involving many… (More)

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