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Competing Changes as a Cause of Residue
William S-Y. Wang
Vol. 45, No. 1 (Mar., 1969), pp. 9-25
Published by: Linguistic Society of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/411748
Page Count: 17
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Phonological change may be implemented in a manner that is phonetically abrupt but lexically gradual. As the change diffuses across the lexicon, it may not reach all the morphemes to which it is applicable. If there is another change competing for part of the lexicon, residue may result. Several fundamental issues in the theory of phonological change are raised and discussed.
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