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LINGUIST List 20.1650

Wed Apr 29 2009

Books: Socioling/Historical Ling/Phonology: Harris

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Message 1: Phonological Variation and Change: Harris
Date: 27-Apr-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Phonological Variation and Change: Harris
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Title: Phonological Variation and Change
Subtitle: Studies in Hiberno-English
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: John Harris
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521106115 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 35.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521106115 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 65.00
Abstract:

This book presents an investigation of a number of areas of interest in the
study of language change, dealing in particular with questions of how
patterns of pronunciation vary across both time and space. Most of the
illustrative material is drawn from non-standard dialects of English,
especially the varieties spoken in Ireland (Hiberno-English). The
theoretical issues discussed include the following: what role do
articulatory and linguistic constraints play in determining the direction
of sound change? How do social and political pressures influence the
resolution of competition between conflicting local non-standard linguistic
norms? Besides addressing such general issues, the book also offers
insights into several specific areas in the history of English, both in its
standard and vernacular forms. It will thus be of interest to
English-language specialists as well as to historical linguists,
sociolinguists and phonologists.

Preamble;
1. Outline of northern Hiberno-English phonology;
2. Clipping, strength and the northern drawl;
3. Growth of an urban vernacular: sound change and lexical transfer in
Belfast;
4. On avoiding merger: what's been happening to M. E.?;
5. On implementing merger;
Conclusion;
References;
Index.


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Phonology
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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