When phonemes are in free variation, speakers are sometimes strongly aware of the fact, and will note, for example, that tomato is pronounced differently in British and American English, or that either has two pronunciations which are fairly randomly distributed. However, only a very small proportion of English words show such variations. In the case of allophones, however, free variation is exceedingly common, and, along with differing intonation patterns, is the most important single feature in the characterising of regional accents.
Is grammar dependence real? A comparison between cophonological and indexed constraint approaches to morphologically conditioned phonology *.
Jan 01, 2007; Abstract This article compares and contrasts cophonology theory and indexed constraint theory, the dominant current proposals to...