Lexical Phonology and the History of English

Lexical Phonology and the History of English

by April McMahon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521034485

ISBN-13: 9780521034487

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book analyzes some differences among English, Scottish and American accents of English, and shows how they developed and why they have their current form. Although the revised version of lexical phonology presented here is intended to describe present-day patterns, it can also show how historical sound changes gave rise to these patterns.

Overview

This book analyzes some differences among English, Scottish and American accents of English, and shows how they developed and why they have their current form. Although the revised version of lexical phonology presented here is intended to describe present-day patterns, it can also show how historical sound changes gave rise to these patterns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521034487
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series , #91
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. The rôle of history; 2. Constraining the model: current controversies in lexical phonology; 3. Applying the constraints: the Modern English Vowel Shift Rule; 4. Synchrony, diachrony and lexical phonology: the Scottish Vowel Length Rule; 5. Dialect differentiation in lexical phonology: the unwelcome effects of underspecification; 6. English /r/; Bibliography; Index.

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