New perspectives on English sound patterns: 'Natural' and 'Unnatural' in Evolutionary Phonology

@inproceedings{Blevins2005NewPO,
  title={New perspectives on English sound patterns: 'Natural' and 'Unnatural' in Evolutionary Phonology},
  author={Juliette Blevins},
  year={2005}
}
  • Juliette Blevins
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Principles of Evolutionary Phonology are applied to a selection of sound changes and stable sound patterns in varieties of English. These are divided into two types: natural phonetically motivated internal changes and all others, which are classified as unnatural. While natural phonetically motivated sound change may be inhibited by external forces, certain phonotactic patterns show notable stability in English and are only eliminated under particular types of contact with languages lacking the… CONTINUE READING

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