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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


The Phonology of Icelandic and Faroese

Kristján Árnason

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199229314
eISBN:
9780191728464
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229314.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Language Families

The book presents a detailed comparative description of the phonological structure of Icelandic and Faroese and discusses problems in their analysis from a fairly broad theoretical perspective. The ... More


The historical development

Kristján Árnason

in The Phonology of Icelandic and Faroese

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199229314
eISBN:
9780191728464
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229314.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Language Families

Chapter 2 describes the phonological development. Both languages underwent fundamental changes in quantity and prosodic structure. Open syllable lengthening (and sometimes consonant lengthening) ... More


Theoretical preliminaries to the synchronic analysis

Kristján Árnason

in The Phonology of Icelandic and Faroese

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199229314
eISBN:
9780191728464
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229314.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Language Families

Among the problems addressed in this chapter is the question of phonological (lexical and postlexical) levels of representation, and alphabets for denoting segmental and subsegmental distinctions. ... More


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