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Variation in Phonology  

Arto Anttila

Online publication date:
Feb 2018
Language is a system that maps meanings to forms, but the mapping is not always one-to-one. Variation means that one meaning corresponds to multiple forms, for example faster ~ more fast. ... More

Vowel Harmony  

Harry van der Hulst

Online publication date:
Jul 2016
The subject of this article is vowel harmony. In its prototypical form, this phenomenon involves agreement between all vowels in a word for some phonological property (such as palatality, ... More

William Labov  

Matthew J. Gordon

William Labov (b. 1927) is an American linguist who pioneered the study of variationist sociolinguistics. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Labov studied English and philosophy at ... More

Words Versus Rules (Storage Versus Online Production/Processing) in Morphology  

Vsevolod Kapatsinski

Online publication date:
May 2018
Subject:
Morphology
Speakers of most languages comprehend and produce a very large number of morphologically complex words. But how? There is a tension between two facts. First, speakers can comprehend and ... More

World Englishes  

Edgar W. Schneider

Online publication date:
Jan 2018
English clearly is the world’s most widely used language in the early 21st century: the language of formal and other interactions in very many countries, the main tool of globalization, ... More

Zapotecan Languages  

Rosemary G. Beam de Azcona

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Jun 2016
Zapotecan languages belong to the Otomanguean stock and consist of two major subgroups: Zapotec and Chatino. They are primarily spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico, and elsewhere in diaspora, ... More

Zero Morphemes  

Eystein Dahl and Antonio Fábregas

Online publication date:
Jul 2018
Zero or null morphology refers to morphological units that are devoid of phonological content. Whether such entities should be postulated is one of the most controversial issues in ... More

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