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清華學報 Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Studies
清華學報 Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Studies

   

A Diachronic Look into Aberrant Synchronic Sound Patterns

Vol. 35 No. 2   12/2005    

Title

A Diachronic Look into Aberrant Synchronic Sound Patterns

Author

Hui-chuan Hsu

Genre

Article  

Pages

435-456

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Language

English

Key words

secret language, onomatopoeia reduplication, l-separated words

Abstract

   This paper argues that the concept of 'pure synchronic phonology' which possibly emerges as a result of the over-application of the learnability viewpoint to the study of language can be a myth. Existent phonological patterns which plague a unified synchronic analysis may actually reflect remnants of an earlier phonology. A wide range of dialect materials from three Southern Min secret languages, Chaoyang onomatopoeia reduplication, to Datong l-separated words all reveal the feasibility of tackling aberrant synchronic sound patterns from a diachronic perspective.

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Author : Hui-chuan Hsu
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