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New paper by Chundra Cathcart on the evolution of sound patterns in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Chundra Cathcart's paper "Multiple evolutionary pressures shape identical consonant avoidance in the world’s languages" clarifies the evolutionary mechanisms responsible for the cross-linguistic under-representation of words containing sequences of identical consonants. This sound pattern poses problems for communicative efficiency.


https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2316677121

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