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date: 20 October 2018

Abstract and Keywords

Evolutionary Phonology is the study of synchronic sound patterns as partial reflections of their evolution or history, with a central focus on explanations for sound pattern typology, including: why certain sound patterns are common while others are rare; factors determining similar sound patterns across languages; and the striking identity between recurrent context-dependent instances of sound change and recurrent alternation types. In addition to identifying phonetic bases of sound change, Evolutionary Phonology suggests phonetic and non-phonetic factors that may inhibit or facilitate particular types of change.

Keywords: explanation, evolution, phonology, sound change, sound pattern

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