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LINGUIST List 24.4084

Thu Oct 17 2013

Books: The Regularity of the 'Irregular' Verbs and Nouns in English: Even-Simkin, Tobin

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 16-Oct-2013
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: The Regularity of the 'Irregular' Verbs and Nouns in English: Even-Simkin, Tobin
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Title: The Regularity of the 'Irregular' Verbs and Nouns in English
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 66
Published: 2013
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/sfsl.66

Author: Elena Even-Simkin
Author: Yishai Tobin
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271761 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271761 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271761 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027215765 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027215765 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027215765 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30
Abstract:

This volume presents an in-depth study of the so-called irregular Past Tense (sing/sang) and Noun Plural (foot/feet) forms with Internal Vowel Alternation (IVA) in English demonstrating that they possess both a fixed phonological and semantic regularity. The innovative sign-oriented analysis and inductive methodology employed in this study are further supported by additional first language acquisition data, experimental studies and historical evidence. The data culled from multiple linguistic anthologies, dictionaries and thesauri have shown that although the IVA process comprises a relatively small number of nominal and verbal forms in Modern English, IVA, originally, was a prevalent and productive process in Old English, Indo-European and other language families. The results of this empirical study present and introduce a novel classification based on the regular and systematic iconic-phonological and semantic nature of all these diverse IVA processes both nominal and verbal that has been maintained throughout the history of English.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition
                            Phonology
                            Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            English, Old (ang)
Language Family(ies): Indo-European

Written In: English (eng)

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