Vowel-Shifting in the English Language: An Evolutionary Account - Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 88
  • Vowel-Shifting in the English Language: An Evolutionary Account - Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 88
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Vowel-Shifting in the English Language: An Evolutionary Account - Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 88

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English has long been suspected to be a vowel-shifting language. This hypothesis, often only adumbrated in previous work, is closely investigated in this book. Framed within a novel framework combining evolutionary linguistics and Optimality Theory, the account proposed here argues that the replacement of duration by quality as the primary cue to signaling vowel oppositions has resulted in the 'shiftiness' of many post-medieval English varieties.

Publisher: De Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110366105
Number of pages: 222
Dimensions: 230 x 155 mm

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