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.
This volume contains a broad selection of papers presented at the Ninth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, held at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, in August 1996. The selection of articles reflects the main areas of current scholarly interest in English historical linguistics.