Language Evolution and Computation Bibliography

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J. Blevins
Inhibited sound change An evolutionary approach to lexical competition
Diachronica 26(2):143--183, 2009
Abstract: The study of regular sound change reveals numerous types of exceptionality. The type studied here has the profile of regular sound change, but appears to be inhibited where homophony would result. The most widely cited cases of this phenomenon are reviewed ...
Natural and unnatural sound patterns
Naturalness and iconicity in language 7:121, 2008
Natural sound patterns are those grounded in physical properties of speech, while unnatural sound patterns arguably have no such physical basis. This study provides a brief history of the study of natural and unnatural sound patterns from antiquity forward. Definitions of ...