LINGUIST List 27.1577

Tue Apr 05 2016

Books: Long-Vowel Shifts in English, c. 1050–1700: Stenbrenden

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Date: 04-Apr-2016
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Subject: Long-Vowel Shifts in English, c. 1050–1700: Stenbrenden
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Title: Long-Vowel Shifts in English, c. 1050–1700
Subtitle: Evidence from Spelling
Published: 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Gjertrud Flermoen Stenbrenden
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107055759 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 125.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107055759 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 79.99

The English language has undergone many sound changes in its long history. Some of these changes had a profound effect on the pronunciation of the language. A number of these significant instances of language evolution are generally grouped together and termed the 'Great Vowel Shift'. These changes are generally considered to be unrelated to other, similar long-vowel changes taking place a little earlier. This book assesses an extensive range of irregular Middle English spellings for all these changes, with a view to identifying the real course of events: the dates, the chronology, and the dialects that stand out as being innovative. Using empirical evidence to offer a fresh perspective and drawing new, convincing conclusions, Stenbrenden offers an interpretation of the history of the English language which may change our view of sound change completely.

1. Introduction; 2. The development of OE ā; 3. The development of OE ǣ; 4. The development of OE ē and ēo; 5. The development of ME ī; 6. The development of OE ō; 7. The development of ME ū; 8. The development of OE ȳ; 9. Summary and conclusions.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            English, Middle (enm)
                            English, Old (ang)

Written In: English (eng)

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