Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English

Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English

by Donka Minkova
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521573173

ISBN-13: 9780521573177

Pub. Date: 03/01/1903

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study uses evidence from early English poetry to determine when certain sound changes took place in the transition from Old to Middle English. It builds on the premise that alliteration in early English verse reflects faithfully the identity and similarity of stressed syllable onsets; it is based on the acoustic signal and not on the visual identity of letters

Overview

This study uses evidence from early English poetry to determine when certain sound changes took place in the transition from Old to Middle English. It builds on the premise that alliteration in early English verse reflects faithfully the identity and similarity of stressed syllable onsets; it is based on the acoustic signal and not on the visual identity of letters. Examination of the behaviour of onset clusters leads to new conclusions regarding the causes for the special treatment of sp-, st-, sk-, and the chronology and motivation of cluster reduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521573177
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1903
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series, #101
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; List of abbreviations; Preface; 1. Social and linguistic setting of alliterative verse in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England; 2. Linguistic structures in English alliterative verse; 3. Segmental histories: velar palatalization; 4. Syllable structure; 5. ONSET and cluster alliteration in Old English: the case of sp-, st-, sk-; 6. ONSET and cluster alliteration in Middle English; 7. Verse evidence for cluster simplification in Middle English; References; Index of names; Subject index.

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