Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English (Cambridge by Donka Minkova PDF

By Donka Minkova

ISBN-10: 0521032245

ISBN-13: 9780521032247

ISBN-10: 0521573173

ISBN-13: 9780521573177

This 2003 learn makes use of facts from early English verse to reconstruct the process a few primary phonological alterations within the heritage of the language. It builds at the premise that alliteration displays faithfully the acoustic identification and similarity of under pressure syllable onsets. person chapters disguise the historical past of the velars, the constitution and background of vowel-initial syllable onsets, the behaviour of onset clusters, and the chronology and motivation of cluster relief (gn-, kn-, hr-, hl-, hn-, hw-, wr-, wl-). exam of the styles of workforce alliteration in outdated and heart English unearths a hierarchy of cluster-internal cohesiveness which ends up in new conclusions concerning the motives for the distinctive remedy of sp-, st-, sk- in alliteration. The research attracts on phonetically dependent Optimality-Theoretic types. The publication provides precious information regarding the medieval poetic canon and elucidates the connection among orality and literacy within the evolution of English verse.

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