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Author Kazmierski, Kamil.

Title Vowel-Shifting in the English Language : an Evolutionary Account.

Imprint Berlin/Boston : De Gruyter, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource (234 pages).
Series Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] ; v. 88
Topics in English Linguistics TiEL.
Contents 1 Introduction; 1.1 Research question; 1.2 Theoretical framework; 1.3 General hypothesis; 1.4 Assumptions in need of verification and specific hypotheses; 1.5 Goals; 2 Informal outline; 3 Data and previous accounts; 3.1 An overview of vowel chain shifts in English; 3.1.1 The Great Vowel Shift; 3.1.2 The Short Vowel Shift; 3.1.3 Contemporary vowel shifts; 3.2 Study 1: English has become a vowel shifting language; 3.2.1 Charting vocalic changes; 3.2.2 Analysis; 3.3 The co-evolution of rhythm and vowels; 3.3.1 The reduction and loss of unstressed vowels.
3.3.2 Rhythm-based typology: on stress-timing and syllabletiming3.3.3 Typological perspective on vowel shifting; 3.3.4 A unified perspective; 3.4 Previous approaches to sound change (and vowel shifting); 3.4.1 The Neogrammarians; 3.4.2 The structuralist/functionalist approach; 3.4.3 Generative phonology; 3.4.4 Exemplar-based phonology; 3.4.5 Summary; 4 Theoretical framework; 4.1 Evolutionary linguistics; 4.2 Optimality Theory; 4.2.1 Introduction; 4.2.2 The architecture of Optimality Theory; 4.2.3 Language change in Optimality Theory.
4.3 Formalizing evolutionary linguistics in Optimality Theory4.3.1 Some modifications to mainstream Optimality Theory stemming from its combination with evolutionary linguistics; 4.3.2 Further advantages to Optimality Theory; 5 The full account; 5.1 Old English; 5.1.1 Stress assignment in Old English; 5.1.2 Fixed lexical stress as a factor enhancing the stress-timing of English through enabling the entrenchment of segmental effects of stress; 5.1.3 Fixed lexical stress as a factor undermining the stress-timing of English though causing stress clashes; 5.2 Middle English.
5.2.1 Stress assignment in Middle Engslih grammatical stress5.2.2 Avoidance of stress clashes and lapses; 5.2.3 Stress assignment in Middle English lexical stress; 5.2.4 Summary; 5.3 Early Modern English; 5.3.1 The replacement of length with tenseness; 5.3.2 The setting off of the Great Vowel Shift; 5.4 Present-day English; 5.4.1 The changing roles of vowel duration and vowel quality for the expression of phonological contrasts; 5.4.2 Study 2a: Quality is the main expression of vocalic contrasts in Present-day English.
5.4.3 Study 2b: Qualitative variation is not predictable from durational variation in Present-day English5.4.4 A brief cross-varietal comparison; 5.5 Summary; 6 Concluding remarks; 6.1 Summary; 6.2 Taking stock of a few general insights; 6.3 Some open questions; Appendix 1: Comparison to other languages; 7.1 Romance; 7.2 Icelandic; Appendix 2: Chart of vocalic changes; Appendix 3: Materials used for recordings; References; Index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject English language -- Vowels.
English language -- Phonology, Historical.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Kazmierski, Kamil. Vowel-Shifting in the English Language : An Evolutionary Account. Berlin/Boston : De Gruyter, ©2015 9783110369502
ISBN 9783110394344 (electronic bk.)
3110394340 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 10.1515/9783110366099