Phonetic Erosion

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Grammaticalization - Mechanisms - Phonetic Erosion
... Phonetic erosion (also called phonological attrition or phonological reduction), is another process that is often linked to grammaticalization ... that a linguistic expression loses phonetic substance when it has undergone grammaticalization ... as a grammatical marker, it tends to undergo erosion that is, the phonological substance is likely to be reduced in some way and to become more dependent on surrounding phonetic material" ...

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