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The concept of neutralization outside the field of phonology

(2009) Indogermanische Forschungen. 114(1). p.1-59
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Historically, the term neutralisation originated in the field of phonology, yet it has also become widely used in the field of meaningful units. The goal of this paper is twofold. Firstly, it traces the origins of the different ways the term has been used in the field of meaningful units, viz., lexicon, grammar, and discourse, in 20th-century linguistics. Secondly, it determines the extent to which it is theoretically reasonable to use the term for the variety of phenomena that have come under its extension. In the introductory section, the focus is on the notion of neutralisation as developed by the Prague School of Linguistics, particularly in the writings of Trubetzkoy. In the second part of the paper, the use of the term neutralisation outside the domain of phonology is examined chronologically: first, Hjelmslev’s view on neutralisation is discussed (Section 2.1.), then an overview is given of the use of the term in the 1950s (Sections 2.2. and 2.3.), and then the third section deals with the notion of neutralisation from the 1960s onwards. In this final section, nine different senses of neutralisation (with various sub-senses) are distinguished. In order to prevent neutralisation from becoming a vacuous or superfluous term in linguistics, I argue that its use should be confined to a particular type of linguistic phenomenon, and that some of the concepts that it has denoted in 20th-century linguistics should be better expressed by other (either already existing or new) terminology.
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lexicon, grammar, phonology, neutralisation

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De Backer, Maarten. “The Concept of Neutralization Outside the Field of Phonology.” Indogermanische Forschungen, vol. 114, no. 1, De Gruyter, 2009, pp. 1–59.
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De Backer, M. (2009). The concept of neutralization outside the field of phonology. Indogermanische Forschungen, 114(1), 1–59.
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De Backer, Maarten. 2009. “The Concept of Neutralization Outside the Field of Phonology.” Indogermanische Forschungen 114 (1): 1–59.
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De Backer, Maarten. 2009. “The Concept of Neutralization Outside the Field of Phonology.” Indogermanische Forschungen 114 (1): 1–59.
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De Backer M. The concept of neutralization outside the field of phonology. Indogermanische Forschungen. 2009;114(1):1–59.
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M. De Backer, “The concept of neutralization outside the field of phonology,” Indogermanische Forschungen, vol. 114, no. 1, pp. 1–59, 2009.
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  author       = {{De Backer, Maarten}},
  issn         = {{0019-7262}},
  journal      = {{Indogermanische Forschungen}},
  keywords     = {{lexicon,grammar,phonology,neutralisation}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{1}},
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  publisher    = {{De Gruyter}},
  title        = {{The concept of neutralization outside the field of phonology}},
  volume       = {{114}},
  year         = {{2009}},
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