RESOLVING THE NEOGRAMMARIAN CONTROVERSY

@article{Labov1981RESOLVINGTN,
  title={RESOLVING THE NEOGRAMMARIAN CONTROVERSY},
  author={W. Labov},
  journal={Language},
  year={1981},
  volume={57},
  pages={267}
}
  • W. Labov
  • Published 1981
  • Psychology
  • Language
Recent investigations of the history of Chinese have given new support to the view that sound change diffuses gradually across the lexicon. Yet instrumental studies of sound change in progress support the Neogrammarian position that change affects all words that include the sound according to their phonetic environment. The paradox can be resolved by distinguishing abstract phonological change from change in low-level output rules. Both types of rules can be observed in recent studies of sound… Expand

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