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Title:Sound change in Functional Phonology
Authors:Paul Boersma
Comment:Published as ch. 17 of Functional Phonology, available from http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/paul/
Abstract:Sound systems may never stop changing, not even if only internal factors are present, because there may always be a better system. Non-teleological random variation of constraint ranking defines a pressure that explains the existence of perpetually rotating cycles of sound changes.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Historical Linguistics,Phonology
Article:Version 1