Is there Gradient Phonology?
This chapter begins by explaining why there might be gradience in the phonology. It then briefly discusses the nature of phonology versus phonetics. It considers the status of gradient phonology, that is, phonological patterns best described in terms on continuous variables. It explores some possible ways in which gradience might exist in the phonology, considering the various aspects of phonology such as contrast, phonotactics, morphonemics, and allophony. A fuller understanding of the status of gradience in the phonology has wider implications for our understanding of the nature of the linguistic grammar in the domain of sound patterns and their physical realizations.
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