This one time in 1988 when Kiparsky talked about phonological anology…

Earlier on the blog, I posted several articles dealing with phonetic analogy that also discussed how it is similar to and different from conceptual analogy. Here, in Kiparsky’s (1988) “Phonological change,” we get K’s take on phonetic analogy as well as what he dubs phonological analogy. Another interesting read for those wishing to consider alternate views on analogy as a language change process…

Kiparsky, Paul. 1988. Phonological change. In Newmeyer, Frederick (Ed.), Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey. Volume I-Linguistic theory: Foundations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 363-415.


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.

2 Responses to This one time in 1988 when Kiparsky talked about phonological anology…

  1. Richard Janda says:

    It’s a good thing whenever anyone talks about phonetic analogy, but Kiparsky 1988 could certainly have referred more to Vennemann and Schuchardt (see David’s earlier posting), even if to disagree. Still, Kiparsky is not exactly at the top of the list of those authors who feel compelled to pay all their bibiographical debts. (Check out what his recent Language article chooses (not to) refer to as regards blocking and grammaticalization — neither of them an underrepresented topic in the literature.) In any case, there are further (short but positive) discussions of phonetic analogy in a number of papers in the 2003/2005 Handbook of Historical Linguistics.

    • daviddurian says:

      Most, if not all, of the papers on (phonetic) analogy Rich mentions from the Handbook are also linked up here on the blog (via Google Books), for those of you interesting in following up on his suggestion.

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