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      Context-dependent phonetic enhancement of a phonation contrast in San Pablo Macuiltianguis Zapotec

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              There is an active debate within the field of phonology concerning the cognitive status of substantive phonetic factors such as ease of articulation and perceptual distinctiveness. A new framework is proposed in which substance acts as a bias, or prior, on phonological learning. Two experiments tested this framework with a method in which participants are first provided highly impoverished evidence of a new phonological pattern, and then tested on how they extend this pattern to novel contexts and novel sounds. Participants were found to generalize velar palatalization (e.g., the change from [k] as in keep to [t?∫S] as in cheap) in a way that accords with linguistic typology, and that is predicted by a cognitive bias in favor of changes that relate perceptually similar sounds. Velar palatalization was extended from the mid front vowel context (i.e., before [e] as in cape) to the high front vowel context (i.e., before [i] as in keep), but not vice versa. The key explanatory notion of perceptual similarity is quantified with a psychological model of categorization, and the substantively biased framework is formalized as a conditional random field. Implications of these results for the debate on substance, theories of phonological generalization, and the formalization of similarity are discussed. 2006 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
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                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Glossa
                Ubiquity Press, Ltd.
                2397-1835
                January 04 2021
                February 09 2021
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                : 1
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                10.5334/gjgl.959
                96da7327-7a40-47e3-b39e-fda1bf05e576
                © 2021

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                General linguistics, Linguistics & Semiotics

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