The importance of typology in explaining recurrent sound patterns

The importance of typology in explaining recurrent sound patterns

Author(s): Juliette Blevins 1 * doi: 10.1515/LINGTY.2007.009

Print ISSN: 1430-0532 | Electronic ISSN: 1613-415X
Volume: 11 | Issue: 1
Cover date: July 2007
Page(s): 107-113
Abstract text


1. Recurrent sound patterns

A point of consensus in phonology is that numerous sound patterns recur in the world’s languages. Recurrent sound patterns are those which recur with greater than chance frequency, and include patterns of contrast, patterns of distribution, and patterns of alternation. Recurrent sound patterns are found in synchronic and diachronic systems, and include the most common segmental and suprasegmental contrasts; the most common types of assimilation, dissimilation, metathesis, lenition, fortition; and recurrent phonotactics (Blevins 2004).

Author(s): Juliette Blevins 1 *

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Author(s) affiliations

1Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie.

*Correspondence address: Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Deutscher Platz 6, 04103 Leipzig, Germany