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Analysing Older English

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David Denison, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, Chris McCully, Emma Moore, Donka Minkova, Geoffrey Russom, Richard Coates, Peter Kitson, R. D. Fulk, Roger Lass, Margaret Laing, Joan Beal, April McMahon, Warren Maguire, Terttu Nevalainen, Nikolaus Ritt, Derek Britton, Olga Fischer, Anthony Warner
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  • Date Published: March 2012
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  • Is historical linguistics different in principle from other linguistic research? This book addresses problems encountered in gathering and analysing data from early English, including the incomplete nature of the evidence and the dangers of misinterpretation or over-interpretation. Even so, gaps in the data can sometimes be filled. The volume brings together a team of leading English historical linguists who have encountered such issues first-hand, to discuss and suggest solutions to a range of problems in the phonology, syntax, dialectology and onomastics of older English. The topics extend widely over the history of English, chronologically and linguistically, and include Anglo-Saxon naming practices, the phonology of the alliterative line, computational measurement of dialect similarity, dialect levelling and enregisterment in late Modern English, stress-timing in English phonology and the syntax of Old and early Modern English. The book will be of particular interest to researchers and students in English historical linguistics.

    • Authoritative case studies written by leading experts on the history of English
    • Discusses a wide range of topics including place-names, metrics, dialectology, phonology and syntax
    • Covers a range of chronological periods in the history of English
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    "This volume comprises a wide-ranging collection of papers on historical linguistics. … [it] continues an approach to historical data of which Richard Hogg would have been proud."
    Phillip Wallage, Journal of English Language and Linguistics

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139180115
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 2 maps 69 tables
    • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact eBooks.com for availability.
  • Table of Contents

    General introduction David Denison, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, Chris McCully and Emma Moore, with Donka Minkova
    Part I. Metrics and Onomastics in Older English:
    1. Introduction Chris McCully and David Denison
    2. What explanatory metrics has to say about the history of English function words Geoffrey Russom
    3. To þære fulan flóde óf þære fulan flode: on becoming a name in Easton and Winchester, Hampshire Richard Coates
    4. Notes on some interfaces between place-name material and linguistic theory Peter Kitson
    Part II. Writing Practices in Older English:
    5. Introduction Chris McCully
    6. Anglian features in late West Saxon prose R. D. Fulk
    7. 'ea' in early Middle English: from diphthong to digraph Roger Lass and Margaret Laing
    Part III. Dialects in Older English:
    8. Introduction: on the impossibility of historical sociolinguistics Emma Moore
    9. Levelling and enregisterment in northern dialects of late modern English Joan Beal
    10. Quantitative historical dialectology April McMahon and Warren Maguire
    11. Reconstructing syntactic continuity and change in early modern English regional dialects: the case of who Terttu Nevalainen
    Part IV. Sound Change in Older English:
    12. Introduction: when a knowledge of history is a dangerous thing Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero
    13. Syllable weight and the weak-verb paradigms in Old English Donka Minkova
    14. How to weaken one's consonants, strengthen one's vowels, and remain English at the same time Nikolaus Ritt
    15. Degemination in English, with special reference to the Middle English period Derek Britton
    Part V. Syntax in Older English:
    16. Introduction David Denison
    17. The status of the postposed 'and-adjective' construction in Old English: attributive or predicative? Olga Fischer
    18. DO with weak verbs in early modern English Anthony Warner.

  • Editors

    David Denison, University of Manchester
    David Denison is Smith Professor of English Language and Medieval Literature in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Manchester.

    Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, University of Manchester
    Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Manchester.

    Chris McCully, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
    Chris McCully is Managing Director of the Graduate School for the Humanities at the Rijksuniversiteit, Groningen.

    Emma Moore, University of Sheffield
    Emma Moore is a Senior Lecturer in Sociolinguistics in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.

    Contributors

    David Denison, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, Chris McCully, Emma Moore, Donka Minkova, Geoffrey Russom, Richard Coates, Peter Kitson, R. D. Fulk, Roger Lass, Margaret Laing, Joan Beal, April McMahon, Warren Maguire, Terttu Nevalainen, Nikolaus Ritt, Derek Britton, Olga Fischer, Anthony Warner

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