Quantifying the functional load of phonemic oppositions, distinctive features, and suprasegmentals

Abstract

Languages convey information using several methods, and rely to different extents on different methods. The amount of reliance of a language on a method is termed the ’functional load’ of the method in the language. The term goes back to early Prague School days (Mathesius, 1929; Jakobson, 1931; Trubetzkoy, 1939), though then it was usually taken to refer… (More)

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