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Title: Studies in the History of the English Language II
Subtitle: Unfolding Conversations
Written By: Kimberly Emmons
Edited By: Anne Curzan
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics 45

Studies in the History of the English Language II contains selected papers from the SHEL-2 conference held at the University of Washington in Spring 2002. In the volume, scholars from North America and Europe address a broad spectrum of research topics in historical English linguistics, including new theories/methods such as Optimality Theory and corpus linguistics, and traditional fields such as phonology and syntax.

In each of the four sections - Philology and linguistics; Corpus- and text-based studies; Constraint-based studies; Dialectology - a key article provides the focal point for a discussion between leading scholars, who respond directly to each other's arguments within the volume.

The volume spans topics and time periods from Proto-Germanic sound change to twenty-first century dialect variation, and methodologies from painstaking philological work with written texts to high-speed data gathering in computerized corpora. As a whole, the volume captures an ongoing conversation at the heart of historical English linguistics: the question of evidence and historical reconstruction.


Section 1: Linguistics and philology

Introduction: Linguistics and philology
Anne Curzan and Kimberly Emmons

Philology, linguistics, and the history of [hw]~[w]
Donka Minkova

An essay in historical sociolinguistics?: On Donka Minkova's "Philology, linguistics, and the history of [hw]~[w]"
Lesley Milroy

A brief response
Donka Minkova

Why we should not believe in short diphthongs
David L. White

Extended forms (Streckformen) in English
Anatoly Liberman

Linguistic change in words one owns: How trademarks become "generic"
Ronald R. Butters and Jennifer Westerhaus

Section 2: Corpus- and text-based studies

Introduction: Corpus- and text-based studies
Anne Curzan and Kimberly Emmons

The meanings and uses of the progressive construction in an early eighteenth-century English network
Susan M. Fitzmaurice

Investigating the expressive progressive: On Susan Fitzmaurice's "The meanings and uses of the progressive construction in an early eighteenth-century English network"
Erik Smitterberg

A brief response Susan M. Fitzmaurice

Modal use across registers and time
Douglas Biber

The need for good texts: The case of Henry Machyn's Day Book, 1550-1563 Richard W. Bailey

The perils of firsts: Dating Rawlinson MS Poet. 108 and tracing the development of monolingual English lexicons
Ian Lancashire

Section 3: Constraint-based studies

Introduction: Constraint-based studies
Anne Curzan and Kimberly Emmons

The evolution of Middle English alliterative meter
Geoffrey Russom

Old English poetry and the alliterative revival: On Geoffrey Russom's "The evolution of Middle English alliterative meter"
Robert D. Fulk

A brief response
Geoffrey Russom

A central metrical prototype for English iambic tetrameter verse: Evidence from Chaucer's octosyllabic lines
Xingzhong Li

Early English clause structure change in a stochastic optimality theory setting Brady Z. Clark

The role of perceptual contrast in Verner's
Law Olga Petrova

Section 4: Dialectology

Introduction: Dialectology
Anne Curzan and Kimberly Emmons

Historical perspectives on the pen/pin merger in Southern American English
Michael Montgomery and Connie Eble

Digging up the roots of Southern American English: On Michael Montgomery and Connie Eble's "Historical perspectives on the pen/pin merger in Southern American English"
Guy Bailey

A brief response
Michael Montgomery and Connie Eble

Vowel merger in west central Indiana: A naughty, knotty problem
Betty S. Phillips

The spread of negative contraction in early English
Richard M. Hogg

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110180979
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 500
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