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Title: Sounds and Systems
Subtitle: Studies in Structure and Change
Edited By: David Restle
Dietmar Zaefferer
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 141

The integration of traditional and modern linguistics as well as diachrony and synchrony is the hallmark of an influential trend in contemporary research on language. It is documented in the present collection of 21 new papers on the history and structure of the sounds and other (sub-) systems of human languages, sharing the common reference point of Theo Vennemann, a leading figure in the above-mentioned trend, whom the authors want to honor with this

Topics covered in the sound section of the historical part include, among others, regular sound change and lexical diffusion, open syllable lengthening in New High German, orthographic accentuation and syllable cut in English, preglottalization as ongoing change, and Old English breaking; among the topics of the general section of the diachronic part are the relation between inheritance and language contact in the history of English, connections of Celtic with Basque on one hand and with Latin on the other, and early European toponomy. The contributions to the synchronic part deal, among others, with cyclical phonological rules and base-identity, the universality of the meter of nursery rhymes, off-rhymes, the theories of Syllabic Oscillation and of Prosodic
Morphology, iconicity in the coding of imperatives, accentuation of
German compounds, German orthography, classification and nominals in a
Papuan language, an intriguing case of polysemy and polyvalency, and an
Optimality-Theoretic account of vagueness and economy in lexical pragmatics.


David Restle and Dietmar Zaefferer

I. Historical studies on sounds, words, and systems
A. Sound change
Preglottalization in English and a North Germanic bifurcation
Henning Andersen
Zur neuhochdeutschen Dehnung in offener Tonsilbe
Thomas Becker
Lexical diffusion in regular sound change
Joan Bybee
Unveiling a masked change: behind vowel harmony in the dialect of Claro
Michele Loporcaro
Accents and medieval English phonologists
Robert W. Murray
Retraction and rounding in Old English breaking
Robert P. Stockwell

B. Language change
Latin ipse, Continental Celtic -xsi: a tentative proposal
Philip Baldi
Der Name al-Andalus: neue √úberlegungen zu einem alten Problem
Georg Bossong
Fein gehackte Pinienkerne zugeben! Zum Infinitiv in Kochrezepten
Elvira Glaser
Language change in early Britain: the convergence account
Raymond Hickey
Irish ainder, Welsh anner, Breton annoar, Basque andere
Peter Schrijver

II. Synchronic studies on sounds, words, and uses.
Cyclicity and base non-identity
Larry M. Hyman
The meter of nursery rhymes: universal versus language-specific patterns,
Patrizia Noel Aziz Hanna, Katrin Lindner, and Andreas Dufter
Unreine Reime und phonologische Theorie
Beatrice Primus
Choctaw intensives and syllable theory
David Restle
Imperatives: the relation between meaning and form
Renate Raffelsiefen
Struktur und Akzent komplexer Komposita
Peter Eisenberg
Warum wir zusammenschreiben nicht immer zusammenschreiben -Präferenzgesetze im Schriftsystem
Joachim Jacobs
Noun classification and composition in Kilmeri
Claudia Gerstner-Link
The puzzle of the autoantonymous argument role. Unraveling the polysemy of risk/riskieren
Dietmar Zaefferer
Be brief and vague! And how Bidirectional Optimality Theory allows for verbosity and precision
Manfred Krifka

Publications of Theo Vennemann
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Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Basque
English, Old
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 311017569X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: viii, 484
Prices: Euro 98.00 / sFr 157,- / approx. US$ 98.