This book presents a comprehensive and critical overview of historical phonology as it stands today. Scholars from around the world consider and advance research in every aspect of the field. In doing so they demonstrate the continuing vitality and some continuing themes of one of the oldest sub-disciplines of linguistics. The book is divided into six parts. The first considers key current research questions, the early history of the field, and the structuralist context for work on segmental change. The second examines evidence and methods, including phonological reconstruction, typology, and computational and quantitative approaches. Part III looks at types of phonological change, including stress, tone, and morphophonological change. Part IV explores a series of controversial aspects within the field, including the effects of first language acquisition, the status of lexical diffusion and exceptionless change, and the role of individuals in innovation. Part V considers theoretical perspectives on phonological change, including those of evolutionary phonology and generative historical phonology.
The final part examines sociolinguistic and exogenous factors in phonological change, including the study of change in real time, the role of second language acquisition, and loanword adaptation. The authors, who represent leading proponents of every theoretical perspective, consider phonological change over a wide range of the world's language families. The handbook is, in sum, a valuable resource for phonologists and historical linguists and a stimulating guide for their students.
Patrick Honeybone is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh where his main interests are historical phonology, phonological theory, and northern English dialects. He has published articles in English Language and Linguistics, Lingua, Language Sciences, and a range of other journals. He is the main organizer of the annual Manchester Phonology Meeting. Joseph Salmons is the Lester W.J. "Smoky" Seifert Professor of Germanic Linguistics. He is the author of A History of German, (OUP 2012), and serves as executive editor of Diachronica: International Journal of Historical Linguistics.
PART I INTRODUCTION AND CONTEXT; PART II: EVIDENCE AND METHODS IN HISTORICAL PHONOLOGY; PART III: TYPES OF PHONOLOGICAL CHANGE; PART IV: FUNDAMENTAL CONTROVERSIES IN PHONOLOGICAL CHANGE; PART V: THEORETICAL HISTORICAL PHONOLOGY; PART VI: SOCIOLINGUISTIC AND EXOGENOUS FACTORS IN HISTORICAL PHONOLOGY