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An underground rule in Maltese

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 November 2008

William Cowan
Affiliation:
Carleton University

Extract

This note is concerned with historical sound change expressed in rules added to a previous set of rules that develop a language from an earlier to a later form. I am not prepared at this time to explore in full the relationship between rules of sound change and rules of generative phonology, although it is obvious that this relationship exists in Maltese, as in many other languages. Because my considerations are primarily historical ones, perhaps ‘law’ would be a better term than ‘rule’, in spite of its being hopelessly out of date. However, since the term ‘rule’ and the format in which the information is presented are familiar and useful, I will use them here.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1971

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