13.978, Qs: Great V Shift, Eng Syllable Shape Frequencies

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Subject: 13.978, Qs: Great V Shift, Eng Syllable Shape Frequencies

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1)
Date:  Tue, 09 Apr 2002 14:57:01 +0200
From:  Cornelia Gerhardt <c.gerhardt at mx.uni-saarland.de>
Subject:  The Great Vowel Shift

2)
Date:  Tue, 09 Apr 2002 08:59:11 -0500
From:  "Dr Martin J. Ball" <mjb0372 at louisiana.edu>
Subject:  Syllable shape frequencies in English

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  Tue, 09 Apr 2002 14:57:01 +0200
From:  Cornelia Gerhardt <c.gerhardt at mx.uni-saarland.de>
Subject:  The Great Vowel Shift

Dear fellow linguists,

I am looking for publications that discuss the following
sociolinguistic explanation of what caused the Great Vowel Shift in
English (see Jeremy Smith. 1996. An historical study of English:
Function, form and change.  London: Routledge.) To put it in a
nutshell, the trigger was that East-Anglians and the 'Mopsae'
hyperadapted certain features of upper-class London speech.

Thank you for bibliographical information or your opinion,
I'll post a summary.

Cornelia Gerhardt
Lehrstuhl für englische Sprachwissenschaft
Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany

c.gerhardt at mx.uni-saarland.de


-------------------------------- Message 2 -------------------------------

Date:  Tue, 09 Apr 2002 08:59:11 -0500
From:  "Dr Martin J. Ball" <mjb0372 at louisiana.edu>
Subject:  Syllable shape frequencies in English

I wonder if colleagues could point me towards any references on
syllable shape frequencies in English (any variety)? Specifically I
want to know the relative frequency in representative texts of open as
opposed to closed syllables; and for closed syllables I wish to find
out the relative frequency of final stops, fricatives, nasals and
liquids.


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