Academic Journal of Modern Philology vol. 1 (2012)
Czy koniec zmowy milczenia wokół teorii nieregularnego rozwoju fonetycznego spowodowanego frekwencją?
The Theory of Irregular Phonetic Development Due to Frequency – Is it the End of a Silence Treatment?
In all the languages, the form of the word depends on the three main factors: regular phonetic development, analogical development and irregular phonetic development that takes place due to frequency. There is a constant debate or even a battle between scholars over the notion of the irregular phonetic development. Some of them tend to be inclined to agree with the theory, while others reject it. Such a debate, however, sheds some light on the fact that the theory has still much to offer and cannot be rejected. This article is a response to the four articles published in Biuletyn Polskiego Towarzystwa Językoznawczego 67 which try to expound on the theory of irregular phonetic development that appears due to frequency. Two of the mentioned articles, mainly the articles written by A. Bochnakowa and Z. Szkutnik (2011) and I. Kraski-Szlenk (2011) are in favor of the theory, whereas other two, written by A. Bogusławski (2011) and A. Bańkowski (2011) neglect and completely reject the theory. This article tries to answer and expound upon the questions and issues raised in all the four publications. The author attempts to answer the questions stated in the articles and, once again, tries to present and analyze the data that in conclusion appear to support the theory.
Keywords: irregular phonetic development due to frequency, linguistics, grammar, phonetics, syllable