Crosslingual phoneme correspondences

Cahill, Lynne and Tiberius, C. (2002) Crosslingual phoneme correspondences In: Proceedings of the 19th international conference in computational linguistics (COLING 2002), Taipei, Taiwan, 24 August - 1 September, 2002.

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Cross-linguistic phoneme correspondences, or metaphonemes1, can be defined across languages which are relatively closely related in exactly the same way as correspondences can be defined for dialects, or accents, of a single language (e.g. O’Connor, 1973; Fitt, 2001). In this paper we present the theory of metaphonemes, comparing them with traditional archi- and morphophonemes as well as with similar work using “keysymbols” done for accents of English. We describe the metaphoneme inventory defined for Dutch, English and German, comparing the results for vowels and consonants. We also describe some of the unexpected information that arose from the analysis of cognate forms we undertook to find the metaphoneme correspondences.

Item Type: Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Additional Information: © 2002 Morgan Kaufmann
Subjects: Q000 Languages and Literature - Linguistics and related subjects
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics > Natural Language Technology
Depositing User: Helen Webb
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2015 11:18

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