Article published in:Advances in Functional Linguistics: Columbia School beyond its origins
Edited by Joseph Davis, Radmila J. Gorup and Nancy Stern
[Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 57] 2006
► pp. 131–141
Phonology as human behavior
The case of Peninsular Spanish
The authors analyze the distribution in the lexicon of nine Peninsular Spanish consonants (/p, t, k, b, d, g, f, ?, ?/) within the framework of Phonology as Human Behavior with respect to two hypothesised factors: Complexity of Articulation and Visibility. In general, the observed distribution of the uncombined consonants is according to the hypotheses tested. However, one member, /k/, occurs more frequently than would be expected. The authors show that /k/ belongs to a particular subset of consonants in Spanish, which might explain a relative favoring, but they also observe that /k/ appears to be more frequent in other languages as well. It appears that another factor, the Size of Cavity, might play a decisive role.
Published online: 20 December 2006
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