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English citations of paralects

  • 1970, Language XLVI:ii, parts 2–4, page 684:
    One misses a theory of exceptions in this book, since this lack is what makes ‘marginal cases’ so upsetting for phonemic analysis. There is also no mention of the possibility that an investigation of the reductions found in Punti (leveled, but variable local mixed) paralects could contribute a great deal to a theory of language in general and to an understanding of the component varieties of Chinese in particular.