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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: English Phonology and Phonological Theory
Subtitle: Synchronic and Diachronic Studies
Written By: Roger Lass
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 17

Dr. Lass examines certain crucial issues in phonological and general
linguistic theory through detailed studies of English phonetics,
dialectology and language-history. He argues that contemporary ‘standard’
phonological theory is inhibited and misled by the related disadvantages of
an artificially constrained formalism and a restricted database. He
confronts theories of English phonology with a much wider range of
material than is usual, drawing for example on Scots, Northern and
North-Midland English, East Coast American dialects, and many others. Dr.
Lass offers solutions to many outstanding problems in the history of
English. All the detailed discussions are informed by an overriding concern
for the methodological and philosophical issues suggested by such problems.
What kind of discipline is linguistics? What kinds of knowledge do its
procedures yield and how are they validated?

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Discipline of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
English, Middle
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521113245
ISBN-13: 9780521113243
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U.K. £ 19.99