This book presents a theory of 'markedness', the way in which languages demonstrate bias towards particular sounds.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgements; Symbols and abbreviations; 1. What is markedness?; 2. Theory; 3. Markedness reduction; 4. Preservation of the marked; 5. Conflation in reduction; 6. Markedness conflation in preservation; 7. Markedness conflict: vowels; 8. Prediction and alternatives; 9. Conclusions; References; Subject index; Language index.
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