Diaphonemes, diaphones, and diasystems OH MY!

There are some entries on Wikipedia that are so wonderfully done, they make your jaw drop. This is one of them (thanks to Daniel Ezra Johnson for first pointing me to it). This entry is worth reading if one wants to understand a good chunk of dialectology and sound change literature written shortly before Labov arrived on the scene in the early-to-mid 1960s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaphoneme

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About daviddurian
I am a sociolinguist with a Ph D in Linguistics from The Ohio State University. Currently, I work as the Lecturer at Rice University, where I teach undergraduate courses in both sociolinguistics and general linguistics. I also work on research projects investing language variation and change in US English a variety of cities. Specifically, at the moment, this includes Houston, Chicago, and Columbus, OH.

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