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Monosyllables: from phonology to typology, Nicole Nau, Thomas Stolz & Cornelia Stroh (Ed.) (2012) 115-130
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Monosyllabicization: patterns of evolution in Asian languages
Alexis Michaud 1

Asian languages reveal a continuum from quasi-disyllables to highly eroded monosyllables. These variegated states are now understood to be different stages along a common evolutionary path. An overview is proposed, beginning with the earliest stages of monosyllabicization, before the generalization of a strictly monosyllabic phonological structure. The well-documented processes of consonantal depletion which lead to the development of phonation-type registers and tones are set out within a general model. Lastly, phonological evolutions observed at advanced stages of segmental depletion are discussed. The concluding note concerns the aftermath of segmental depletion: the re-creation of polysyllables.
1:  Laboratoire des langues et civilisations à tradition orale (LACITO)
CNRS : UMR7107 – Université Paris III - Sorbonne nouvelle – Université Paris IV - Paris Sorbonne
Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics
monosyllabicization – tones – phonation-type registers – tonogenesis – registrogenesis – phonological erosion – consonantal depletion – panchronic phonology – coarticulation – feature shuffling
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