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Title: Sound Change and the History of English 
Publication Year: 2009 
Publisher: Oxford University Press
	   http://www.oup.com/us
	
Author: Jeremy J. Smith

Paperback: ISBN: 0199563314 9780199563319 Pages: 224 Price: U.S. $ 39.95


Abstract:

This book addresses the question: why do sound changes happen, when and
where they do? Jeremy Smith discusses the origins of a series of sound
changes in English. He relates his arguments to larger questions about the
nature of explanation in history and historical linguistics, and examines
the interplay between sound changes and social change. Drawing on the
latest research in linguistics and history he shows how insights in one
field illuminate the other. 

After the opening chapter describing the book's approach and a general
theoretical framework for the study of sound-change, the author discusses
problems of evidence and considers the nature of phonological processes. He
then presents detailed investigations of major sound-changes from three
transitional periods: first, when English emerged as a language distinct
from the other West Germanic varieties; secondly, during the transition
from Old to Middle English; and thirdly during the time when Middle English
evolved into Early Modern English.

The book is written with minimal use of jargon and offers clear definitions
of complex notions. It will appeal to all serious students of English
historical linguistics, from advanced undergraduate to researcher. 



Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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