Phonological Split
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The term ‘ split’ is sometimes also used in cases where no clear phonemic distinction occurs, i.e. where the phonological structure of the language is not affected by the sound change. In these cases the term ‘allophonic split’ is used, which refers to a conditioned sound split. In the majority of cases, allophonic split is a precursor to phonological split. The latter happens when the conditions that caused the original split are broken and the two sounds can then occur in the same environment; they thus stand in phonemic opposition to one another.

A considerable number of phonological…

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Enam Al-Wer, “Phonological Split”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 April 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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