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Alveolarization in Hong Kong Cantonese: a sociophonetic study of neogrammarian and lexical diffusion models of sound change

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This thesis is a quantitative study of sociophonetic variation which focuses on the Hong Kong Cantonese velar coda consonants -η and -k. These codas have, under certain linguistic contexts, become increasingly realized as alveolar nasal and oral stop consonants, [-n] and [-t], respectively. For the purpose of this thesis, the phenomenon of sound shift from -η and -k, to [-n] and [-t] respectively will be termed 'alveolarization'. Insofar as the language of a spe...

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Worcester College, Oxford
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May T. M. Chan
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DPhil
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University of Oxford
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