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Substantive Bias and Natural Classes

An Empirical Approach


  • Provides linguists with guidelines on how to improve their design of artificial grammar learning

  • Contributes to a better understanding of phonological patterning in Chinese linguistics

  • Takes into account individual learning strategies in addition to pooled data


Part of the Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics book series (FiCL, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Yu-Leng Lin
    Pages 1-5
  3. Yu-Leng Lin
    Pages 43-85
  4. Yu-Leng Lin
    Pages 87-109
  5. Yu-Leng Lin
    Pages 111-118
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 119-122

About this book


This book offers a laboratory phonological analysis of the sonority hierarchy and natural classes in nasal harmony using an artificial grammar-learning paradigm. It is aimed at postgraduate students and linguists in general whose research interests lie in phonology, phonetics, and/or  psycholinguistics. It is useful for linguists who are struggling to figure out how to effectively design an artificial phonological grammar and those who have not designed experiments on their own but would like to do so as an additional means to testing linguistic theories. This book is also a valuable resource for anyone building crosslinguistic artificial grammar paradigm resources.


Nasal Harmony Substantive Bias Artificial Grammar Learning Sonority Hierarchy Natural Classes

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Foreign Languages and LiteraturesFeng Chia UniversityTaichungTaiwan

About the authors

​Yu-Leng Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the Feng Chia University. She received her PhD degree from the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto in 2016. Before joining the Feng Chia University, she served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies. Her research interests include psycholinguistics, Chinese linguistics, laboratory phonology, and sociophonetics. Her publications include a journal paper, a book chapter and conference proceedings, and she has presented her work – ranging from learning bias, speech perception and production, tonal studies, and comparative studies among Mandarin, Taiwan Southern Min, Cantonese, and English – at several international conferences.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Substantive Bias and Natural Classes
  • Book Subtitle An Empirical Approach
  • Authors Yu-Leng Lin
  • Series Title Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Peking University Press and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-3533-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-3534-1
  • Series ISSN 2522-5308
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-5316
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 122
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psycholinguistics
    Phonology and Phonetics
    Theoretical Linguistics
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