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Consonant Change in English Worldwide: Synchrony Meets Diachrony
     

Consonant Change in English Worldwide: Synchrony Meets Diachrony

by D. Schreier
 
Applying insights from variationist linguistics to historical change mechanisms that have affected the consonantal system of English, Daniel Schreier reports findings from a historical corpus-based study on the reduction of particular consonant clusters and compares them with similar processes in synchronic varieties, thus defining consonantal change as a phenomenon

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Applying insights from variationist linguistics to historical change mechanisms that have affected the consonantal system of English, Daniel Schreier reports findings from a historical corpus-based study on the reduction of particular consonant clusters and compares them with similar processes in synchronic varieties, thus defining consonantal change as a phenomenon involving psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, phonological theory and contact linguistics. Moreover, he weighs the impact of external and internal effects on causation, examining data from a total of 15 varieties with different time depths and social histories.

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'This book is a remarkable descriptive and theoretical tour de force which not only describes, but also succeeds in finding, explanations for the phenomenon of consonant-cluster reduction in terms of a spectacular range of disciplines. The work is extremely impressive in its coverage of a broad but - we can now see - integrated field. Daniel Schreier has based the research reported on here on a very wide and impressive range of data. The theoretical conclusions arrived at, and the principles adumbrated, will be regarded as of vital importance by scholars working in historical linguistics, linguistic variation and change, and phonology.' - Professor Peter Trudgill, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

'...the book provides interesting insights into the complex area of phonotactics in various varierties of English around the world and should inspire further research in the field.' - The Year's Work in English Studies

'...this volume represents an extremely well crafted synthesis of existing and innovative work, some of it carried out in some of the world's most remote and isolated and fascinating Anglophone communities by the author himself, and it will serve as a benchmark for future studies of this ubiquitous variable of English.' - David Britain, English World-Wide

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403998248
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Language History and Language Change Series
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

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