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Date: 01-Dec-2006
From: Daniel Davies < ddavies at cambridge.org >
Subject: Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English: Minkova 

	
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Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 08:33:57
From: Daniel Davies < ddavies at cambridge.org >
Subject: Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English: Minkova 
 



Title: Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English 
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics   101  

Publication Year: 2006 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	
Author: Donka Minkova

Paperback: ISBN: 0521032245 Pages: 420 Price: U.K. £ 35.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521032245 Pages: 420 Price: U.S. $ 58.00


Abstract:

This study uses evidence from early English verse to reconstruct the course
of some central phonological changes in the history of the language. It
builds on the premise that alliteration reflects faithfully the acoustic
identity and similarity of stressed syllable onsets. Individual chapters
cover the history of the velars, the structure and history of vowel-initial
syllable onsets, the behaviour of onset clusters, and the chronology and
motivation of cluster reduction (gn-, kn-, hr-, hl-, hn-, hw-, wr-, wl-).
Examination of the patterns of group alliteration in Old and Middle English
reveals a hierarchy of cluster-internal cohesiveness which leads to new
conclusions regarding the causes for the special treatment of sp-, st-, sk-
in alliteration. The analysis draws on phonetically based
Optimality-Theoretic models. The book presents valuable information about
the medieval poetic canon and elucidates the relationship between orality
and literacy in the evolution of English verse. 



List of figures; 
List of tables; 
List of abbreviations; 
Preface; 
1. Social and linguistic setting of alliterative verse in Anglo-Saxon and
Medieval England; 
2. Linguistic structures in English alliterative verse; 
3. Segmental histories: velar palatalization; 
4. Syllable structure; 
5. ONSET and cluster alliteration in Old English: the case of sp-, st-, sk-; 
6. ONSET and cluster alliteration in Middle English; 
7. Verse evidence for cluster simplification in Middle English; 
References; 
Index of names; 
Subject index. 


Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
                     Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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