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Vowel-Shifting in the English Language: An Evolutionary Account
 

Vowel-Shifting in the English Language: An Evolutionary Account (Hardback)

By Kazmierski, Kamil

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English has long been suspected to be a vowel-shifting language. Framed within a novel framework combining evolutionary linguistics and optimality theory, this book argues that the replacement of duration by quality as the primary cue to signaling vowel oppositions has resulted i... read full description below.

ISBN 9783110369502
Barcode 9783110369502
Published 26 February 2015 by De Gruyter
Format Hardback
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Series Topics in English Linguistics [Tiel] (part: 88)
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ISBN-13 9783110369502
ISBN-10 3110369508
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher De Gruyter
Imprint De Gruyter Mouton
Publication Date 26 February 2015
Publication Country Germany Germany
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Kazmierski, Kamil
Series Topics in English Linguistics [Tiel] (part: 88)
Category Historical & Comparative Linguistics
Phonetics, Phonology, Prosody (Speech)
Number of Pages 234
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 230mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 455g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress English language - Phonology, Historical, English language - History, Historical linguistics, English language - Vowels
NBS Text Linguistics
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 421.5
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Description of this Book

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.

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Author's Bio

Kamil Ka?mierski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna?, Poland.

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