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What is the difference between conditioned and unconditioned in sound change - with examples please?
In historical linguistic, there is sound changes which are classified according to whether they are unconditioned and conditioned. My question "What is the difference between them?"
Can anyone answer please?
I Googled "conditioned and unconditioned sounds linguistics". I'm afraid I didn't understand a word of the hits I found. I am going to move this post to the Linguistics section in the hope that a linguistics expert finds it.
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This is not my area of expertise but as far as I understand we refer to a conditioned sound change if a phoneme when in a certain environment becomes another phoneme - there is a certain condition that propells the change. On the other hand we refer to an unconditioned sound change if all phonemes of, for example, two different kinds are merged into one phoneme - there is no condition as it happens in all instances, and ultimately there is a reduction in the number of phonemes as one is substituted for another.