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From Old to Middle English

Jeremy J. Smith

in Sound Change and the History of English

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199291953
eISBN:
9780191710568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291953.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter begins with a discussion of the strong evidential basis for the Old English-Middle English transition, and then proceeds to discuss the major quantitative sound-changes which ... More


Vowel Shifts and the Middle English Vowels

D. Gary Miller

in Language Change and Linguistic Theory, Volume I: Approaches, Methodology, and Sound Change

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199583423
eISBN:
9780191723438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583423.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

The old hypotheses of teleology and equilibrium are illusions. Shifts do not fill holes to create symmetrical systems. Rather, sounds shift by phonetically and perceptually motivated mechanisms, and ... More


Right Writing: The Ormulum

Christopher Cannon

in The Grounds of English Literature

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199230396
eISBN:
9780191696459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230396.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter suggests that Orm finds an injunction to make writing the form of life, as if the making of the letters were itself a mode of devotion perfectible to the extent that writing could fill ... More


Introduction to Scandinavian loanwords in English

Philip Durkin

in Borrowed Words: A History of Loanwords in English

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199574995
eISBN:
9780191771446
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574995.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography, Historical Linguistics

Estimates of the extent of Scandinavian settlement in England are examined, and their implications for linguistic history assessed. The cover-term ‘early Scandinavian’ for early North Germanic ... More


Example passages from English and multilingual texts

Philip Durkin

in Borrowed Words: A History of Loanwords in English

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199574995
eISBN:
9780191771446
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574995.003.0013
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography, Historical Linguistics

A series of extracts from Middle English texts of different dates and types is presented, with commentary on all of the loanwords (from French, Latin, or early Scandinavian) found in each passage. ... More


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