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LINGUIST List 16.3654

Thu Dec 22 2005

Books: Historical Linguistics/Phonology, English: Ritt

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Message 1: Quantity Adjustment: Ritt
Date: 15-Dec-2005
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org>
Subject: Quantity Adjustment: Ritt


Title: Quantity Adjustment
Subtitle: Vowel Lengthening and Shortening in Early Middle English
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Book URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521022910

Author: Nikolaus Ritt
Paperback: ISBN: 0521022916 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 32.99
Paperback: ISBN: 0521022916 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 18.99
Abstract:

This is a unified account of all quantity changes affecting English
stressed vowels during the early Middle English period. Dr Ritt discusses
homorganic lengthening, open syllable lengthening, trisyllabic shortening,
and shortening before consonant clusters. The study is based on a
statistical analysis of Modern English reflexes of the changes. The
complete corpus of analysed data is made available to the reader in the
appendices. All of the changes discussed are shown to derive from basically
the same set of quasi-universal tendencies, while apparent idiosyncrasies
are shown to follow from factors that are independent of the underlying
tendencies themselves. The role of tendencies, i.e. probabilistic laws in
the description of language change, is given thorough theoretical
treatment. In his aim to account for the changes as well as trace their
chronology, Dr Ritt applies principles of natural phonology, and examines
the conflict between phonological and morphological 'necessities'.

Preface
1. Approaching the changes
2. Reconstructing OSL
3. Widening the meaning of OSL
4. A suprasegmental view of OSL
5. Summary: OSL refined
6. Homorganic lengthening
7. Shortenings
8. Epilogue: explaining Middle English quantity adjustment
Notes
References
Appendices
Index


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Phonology

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Middle English (enm)

Written In: English (eng )

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