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LINGUIST List 17.3631

Fri Dec 08 2006

Books: Phonology/Sociolinguistics: Minkova

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English: Minkova

Message 1: Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English: Minkova
Date: 01-Dec-2006
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English: Minkova

Title: Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 101
Published: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Donka Minkova
Paperback: ISBN: 0521032245 Pages: 420 Price: U.K. £ 35.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521032245 Pages: 420 Price: U.S. $ 58.00

This study uses evidence from early English verse to reconstruct the course
of some central phonological changes in the history of the language. It
builds on the premise that alliteration reflects faithfully the acoustic
identity and similarity of stressed syllable onsets. Individual chapters
cover the history of the velars, the structure and history of vowel-initial
syllable onsets, the behaviour of onset clusters, and the chronology and
motivation of cluster reduction (gn-, kn-, hr-, hl-, hn-, hw-, wr-, wl-).
Examination of the patterns of group alliteration in Old and Middle English
reveals a hierarchy of cluster-internal cohesiveness which leads to new
conclusions regarding the causes for the special treatment of sp-, st-, sk-
in alliteration. The analysis draws on phonetically based
Optimality-Theoretic models. The book presents valuable information about
the medieval poetic canon and elucidates the relationship between orality
and literacy in the evolution of English verse.

List of figures;
List of tables;
List of abbreviations;
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;
Index of names;
Subject index.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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