Split
(280 words)

Abstract

A split arises when allophones of a phoneme cease to be in complementary distribution and thereby become distinct phonemes.

A phonemic split occurs when two allophones of a phoneme cease to be in complementary distribution: each takes on a life of its own and the original phoneme ‘splits’ into two over time. The process is also called ‘phonologization’, since an allophone becomes its own phoneme over time.

Split sounds themselves do not change. Rather it is the merger of other sounds in their environment that ca…

Cite this page
David Goldstein, “Split”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 28 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000537>
First published online: 2013



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