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date: 19 May 2019

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This chapter discusses the role of articulatory processing in sound change, emphasizing the tendency towards reduction and overlap of articulatory gestures, as well as explanations proposed for this tendency. The pattern of lexical diffusion proceeding from most to least frequent words and phrases is discussed as evidence for the important role of articulation in sound change.

Keywords: reduction, articulation, assimilation, lexical diffusion, frequency of use, perceptual change

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