A typology of consonant-inventory gaps

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Abstract

This article provides a new precise algorithmic definition of the notion “phonological-inventory gap”. On the basis of this definition, I propose a method for identifying gaps, provide descriptive data on several types of consonant-inventory gaps in the world’s languages, and investigate the relationships between gaps and inventory size, processes of sound change, and phonological segment borrowing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-186
JournalLinguistic Typology
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

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