Aerlinthe
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How do tone languages assign phonemic tones to loanwords from non-tone languages?
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Studies of loanword adaptation have largely focused on segmental adaptation and hence not much compiled information is available on suprasegmental adaptation. The most comprehensive overview I'm aware ...

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Does the syllable/word ratio in a language determine the number of vowel phonemes it has?
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In Daniel Nettle's 1995 paper Segmental inventory size, word length, and communicative efficiency the author takes a sample of 10 languages and demonstrates a correlation between mean word length and ...

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Why do languages have different syllable complexity from each other?
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I would rephrase your question as, "If CCVC is able to be articulated, why do we have CV languages like Japanese?" Or, "since CCVC is able to be articulated by humans, why don't we have languages ...

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Can anyone point me toward articles/theory that syntax and morphology operate on the same principles?
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First, I'll point to a previous question on this SE, What meaningful distinction is there between morphology and syntax?. I'll just present one line of approach. A seminal article is Mark Baker's ...

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Consonant length-differences by prominence
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Maria Giavazzi's 2010 dissertation, The phonetics of metrical prominence and its consequences for segmental phonology, discusses stress-dependent consonant length alternations as part of a broader ...

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Is explanation part of Historical Linguistics?
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Yes. McWhorter's quote isn't inconsistent with the possibility that alternative explanations have been advanced by historical linguists regarding do-support. The fact that the Celtic hypothesis is "...

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Head directionality parameter and adpositions in Finnish
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Following up on jlovegren's point that head directionality does not empirically hold: Anders Holmberg and other researchers have been attempting to sharpen the analytical relevance of mixed order ...

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Outside of Modern Hebrew, do any previously dead languages have native speakers again?
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Cappadocian Greek is a mix of (Byzantine) Greek and Turkish, previously thought to have died out by the 1960s due to speakers being forced to move to Greece and then switching to Standard Modern Greek....

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Korean syllable-final ㅅ in Hangul transcription of loanwords
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Independent of implementation-specific details such as one that acattle mentioned, the possible alternative that you mentioned appear word-finally only in native Korean nouns -- word-final coronals do ...

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