Long-Vowel Shifts in English, c.1050–1700
Evidence from Spelling
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Part of Studies in English Language
- Author: Gjertrud Flermoen Stenbrenden, Universitetet i Oslo
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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.Read more
- Proposes a new view of Middle English long-vowel changes
- Provides concrete answers to when and where long-vowel changes took place
- Assesses a large collection of irregular Middle English spellings, to construct an argument based on factual examples
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- Date Published: March 2016
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316496657
- contains: 3 b/w illus. 75 tables
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Table of Contents
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.
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