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In other words, I as­ sume that assibilation of palatalized dental stops of Grade III in Sino-Korean was due to the introduction of Ming Chinese loans. It ASSIBILATION IN SINO-KOREAN 19 seems that at this moment no other explanation may be offered as to the change of some stops to affricates in the sixteenth century. ), but in the publications which appeared in the latter part of the sixteenth century, as in (8). D. D. ts h unj 'loyalty' The dialectal borrowing from Ming Chinese seems to have caused the remaining palatalized dental stops to be assibilated at a later stage, as in (9).

1 As Berger and Luckman put it 1 For Schutz, we experience the external world in the guise of typifications, these constituting in effect classifications and categorizations; see for instance Schutz (1962:348). O N EXPLAINING L A N G U A G E C H A N G E 5 (1967:35): 'I apprehend the reality of everyday life as an ordered reality. ' 1 If this tendency to systematise and order were the only aspect of language and language change for which the historical linguist needed to account—which of course it is not—then I submit that changes observed could not only be insightfully described and to a considerable extent predicted, 2 but also explained', explained that is in terms of an inherent tendency of human beings to impose an order on the data which they encounter and experience, and to organise and re-organise the material at their disposal coherently and economically.

Thus for example the effacement of (certain) medial consonants, of (many) final consonants and of (most) post-tonic syllables have each at various times had devastating effects on the morphosyntactic structure of French, disturbing systems which were—at times at least—in equilibrium and setting off a whole chain-reaction tend­ ing—if my earlier analysis is correct—towards the establishment of some new equilibrium, (whether or not with the same potential as that displaced). Now it is not part of the intention of the present paper to specu­ late on whether this type of phonetic change is or is not itself ulti­ mately explicable, or on why certain changes come to be accepted while others, the vast majority, no doubt, do not take root (though to this second point the observations which follow may have at least some relevance).

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