Sound Change and the History of English

Sound Change and the History of English

by Jeremy J. Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199563314

ISBN-13: 9780199563319

Pub. Date: 07/15/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book addresses the question: why do sound changes happen when and where they do? Jeremy Smith discusses the origins of a series of sound changes in English. He relates his arguments to larger questions about the nature of explanation in history and historical linguistics, and examines the interplay between sound change and social change. Drawing on the

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This book addresses the question: why do sound changes happen when and where they do? Jeremy Smith discusses the origins of a series of sound changes in English. He relates his arguments to larger questions about the nature of explanation in history and historical linguistics, and examines the interplay between sound change and social change. Drawing on the latest research in the linguistics and history he shows how insights in one field illuminate the other.

After the opening chapter describing the book's approach and a general theoretical framework for the study of sound-change, the author discusses problems of evidence and considers the nature of phonological processes. He then presents detailed investigations of major sound-changes from three transitional periods: first, when English emerged as a language distinct from the other West Germanic varieties; secondly, during the transition from Old to Middle English; and thirdly during the time when Middle English evolved into Early Modern English.

The book is written with minimal use of jargon and offers clear definitions of complex notions. It will appeal to all serious students of English historical linguistics, from advanced undergraduate to researcher.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199563319
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1. On Explaining Sound Change
2. On Evidence
3. Phonological Approaches and Processes
4. From Pre-English to Old English
5. From Old to Middle English
6. From Middle to Early Modern English
7. On the Historiography of Sound Change
Appendix
Suggestions for Further Reading
References
Index

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