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Title: Understanding Near Mergers: The case of morphological tone in Cantonese
Author: Alan C.L Yu
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Institution: University of Chicago
Linguistic Field: Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology
Abstract: A growing body of work on exemplar-based theories of learning suggests the possibility of formal models of phonological representation which will offer deeper explanations of basic phonological properties than current models allow. The main purpose of this paper is to shed light on near merger, a recalcitrant problem in sound change and in phonological theory, with this newer perspective, through a case study of tonal near merger in Cantonese.


This article appears IN Phonology Vol. 24, Issue 1.

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