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Title: Variation and change in Chinese Korean: The case of vowel /y/
Author: Wenhua Jin
Institution: Kennesaw State University
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject Language: Korean
Abstract: This study investigates the current status of the vowel /y/, a phoneme that has undergone complete diphthongization to [wi] in Seoul Korean (Choo & O'Grady, 2003; Kang, 1997; Kim, 1988; Martin, 1992), in Chinese Korean. Set in the context of language and dialect contact, where Chinese language and different local/supralocal Korean norms all come into play, especially when the closed local social network no longer exists, Chinese Korean develops unique patterns of variation for underlying /y/, patterns heretofore unreported in the studies of other Korean varieties. Chinese Korean provides a case in point toward the explanation for how effects exerted by linguistic and social factors within a speech community may alter the diffusion of a change with origins outside the local network.

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This article appears IN Language Variation and Change Vol. 24, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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