ERIC Number: ED105719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Retroflexion: An Areal Feature. Working Papers on Language Universals, No. 13.
The phenomenon of retroflexion is discussed, and its occurrence in about 150 selected languages is examined from a geographical and a diachronic point of view. The clustering of such languages into distinct areas has been explained through the postulation of a hypothesis regarding their development in language. After a detailed examination of four different areas of retroflexion, their known history, and the present position of retroflexion in them, an attempt is made to generalize the environments that induce retroflexion in a given sound, and also to postulate developmental tendencies. Lastly, the place of retroflexion is a system of phonics is explained. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Committee on Linguistics.