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Contraction refers to phonological processes by which a sequence of sounds that constitutes one or more words is reduced or fused (Trask 1996:92). The reduction may be accompanied by additional changes of the sound segments; these changes usually belong to the family of lenition processes (Kuo 2010; Bauer 1988). From the perspective of the process itself, co…

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Johann-Mattis LIST, “Contraction”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 18 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015

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