Typology of creole phonology: Phoneme inventories and syllable templates

  title={Typology of creole phonology: Phoneme inventories and syllable templates},
  author={Thomas B. Klein},
  journal={Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages},
  • T. B. Klein
  • Published 2011
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