Long-Vowel Shifts in English, c. 1050-1700: Evidence from Spelling (Studies in English Language)

Long-Vowel Shifts in English, c. 1050-1700: Evidence from Spelling (Studies in English Language)

By: Gjertrud Flermoen Stenbrenden (author)Hardback

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The English language has undergone many sound changes in its long history. Some of these changes had a profound effect on the pronunciation of the language. A number of these significant instances of language evolution are generally grouped together and termed the 'Great Vowel Shift'. These changes are generally considered to be unrelated to other, similar long-vowel changes taking place a little earlier. This book assesses an extensive range of irregular Middle English spellings for all these changes, with a view to identifying the real course of events: the dates, the chronology, and the dialects that stand out as being innovative. Using empirical evidence to offer a fresh perspective and drawing new, convincing conclusions, Stenbrenden offers an interpretation of the history of the English language which may change our view of sound change completely.

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Gjertrud Flermoen Stenbrenden is Associate Professor of English Language at the University of Oslo.


1. Introduction; 2. The development of OE a; 3. The development of OE ae; 4. The development of OE e and eo; 5. The development of ME i; 6. The development of OE o; 7. The development of ME u; 8. The development of OE y; 9. Summary and conclusions.

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  • publication date: 11/03/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781107055759
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 362
  • ID: 9781107055759
  • weight: 650
  • ISBN10: 110705575X

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