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  • how to solve a phonology problem
    • list the phonetic environments in which the sounds in question appear.
      • do the sounds occur in the same environment
        • the sounds are in overlapping distribution
          • no predictions possible
            • the words are minimal pairs
              • the words are in overlapping distribution
                • the sounds are allophones of DIFFERENT phonemes
        • the sounds are allophones of the SAME phoneme
          • predictions are possible
            • the sounds are in complementary distribution
  • no predictions possible
    • the words are minimal pairs
      • the words are in overlapping distribution
        • the sounds are allophones of DIFFERENT phonemes

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