Vowel system universals and typology: prologue to theory

  title={Vowel system universals and typology: prologue to theory},
  author={Roger Lass},
  journal={Phonology Yearbook},
  pages={75 - 111}
  • R. Lass
  • Published 1 May 1984
  • Linguistics
  • Phonology Yearbook
Considering all the work done on vowel system typology and universals in the past half-century (Trubetzkoy 1929, 1939; Hockett Sedlak 1969; Crothers 1978), my title may seem rather arrogant. There are after all theories of vocalic organisation about, or at least models and taxonomies; there are even attempts to explain why certain implicational universals seem to hold (from Jakobson's [laws of solidarity] (1968) to the more sophisticated treatments in Liljencrants & Lindblom 1972; Kim 1973; etc… 

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