This chapter argues for the role of probabilistic enhancement in phonologization through computational simulation of an ongoing sound change in Seoul Korean. Two challenges faced by a phonologization model of sound change are addressed: explaining which cues are selected for phonologization, and explaining why phonologization is often accompanied by dephonologization. It is proposed that cues are targeted for enhancement as a probabilistic function of their statistical reliability in signaling a contrast. Simulation results using empirically derived cue values are taken to support the idea that loss of contrast precision may drive the phonologization process.
|Title of host publication||Origins of Sound Change|
|Subtitle of host publication||Approaches to Phonologization|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
- statistical modeling