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Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology$
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Eric Raimy and Charles E. Cairns

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262182706

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262182706.001.0001

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Comments on Diachrony in Calabrese’s “Markedness Theory versus Phonological Idiosyncrasies in a Realistic Model of Language”

Comments on Diachrony in Calabrese’s “Markedness Theory versus Phonological Idiosyncrasies in a Realistic Model of Language”

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(p.304) 14 Comments on Diachrony in Calabrese’s “Markedness Theory versus Phonological Idiosyncrasies in a Realistic Model of Language”
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Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology
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Ellen M. Kaisse

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262182706.003.0014

Andrea Calabrese offers a view of phonology in which he argues that sound change involves both natural and conventional components. This chapter challenges Calabrese’s notions of Neogrammarian sound change, diachrony, and lexical diffusion in his theory of markedness and suggests that language change can be perfectly compatible with his view without considering lexical diffusion as the primary mechanism of change. It also examines Calabrese’s claim that changes start as changes in the pronunciation of an individual word and spread through the lexicon as they spread to new speakers, and shows how it is inconsistent with the testimony of historical sociolinguistics. Recent evidence on the interface between phonetics and phonology also supports the idea that gradient processes and phonological rules are similar.

Keywords:   phonetics, phonology, Andrea Calabrese, sound change, lexical diffusion, language change, sociolinguistics, lexicon, diachrony, markedness

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