Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English

Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English

by Donka Minkova
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521032245

ISBN-13: 9780521032247

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Minkova (English language, U. of California-Los Angeles) uses evidence from alliterative verse to explore the development of some important phonological features of Old and Middle English. Assuming that the distribution of forms in verse is governed both by conformity to a metrical template and by linguistically circumscribed preferences, she says, patterns found in…  See more details below

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Minkova (English language, U. of California-Los Angeles) uses evidence from alliterative verse to explore the development of some important phonological features of Old and Middle English. Assuming that the distribution of forms in verse is governed both by conformity to a metrical template and by linguistically circumscribed preferences, she says, patterns found in early English alliterative compositions provide a valuable resource for reconstructing the contemporary languages. Her study also casts light on the relationship between orality and literacy in the evolution of English verse. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521032247
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series, #101
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations
Preface
1Social and linguistic setting of alliterative verse in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England1
2Linguistic structures in English alliterative verse22
3Segmental histories: velar palatalization71
4Syllable structure135
5Onset and cluster alliteration in Old English: the case of sp-, st-, sk-192
6Onset and cluster alliteration in Middle English238
7Verse evidence for cluster simplification in Middle English311
References371
Index of names389
Subject index393

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