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Vowel Lengthening and Shortening in Early Middle English

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521022910

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  • Using an innovative theoretical framework, Dr. Ritt describes the phenomenon of the change in vowel length in early Middle English, and sets out to account for its occurrence. He shows that the changes stem from universal principles that govern the way in which humans use speech sounds to communicate. He examines why these principles only sometimes lead to widespread changes, as in Middle English, and goes on to suggest that language is a complex system in which conflicting tendencies are constantly renegotiating their spheres of influence.

    • Cambridge University Press known for its strong list in history of the English language
    • First book-length treatment of this subject
    • Innovative theory, with large amount of analysed data reproduced in appendices
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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521022910
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Approaching the changes
    2. Reconstructing OSL
    3. Widening the meaning of OSL
    4. A suprasegmental view of OSL
    5. Summary: OSL refined
    6. Homorganic lengthening
    7. Shortenings
    8. Epilogue: explaining Middle English quantity adjustment

  • Author

    Nikolaus Ritt, Universität Wien, Austria

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