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Kaźmierski, Kamil

Vowel-Shifting in the English Language

An Evolutionary Account

Series:Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 88

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

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    Publication Date:
    March 2015
    Copyright year:
    2015
    ISBN
    978-3-11-036609-9
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    Aims and Scope

    English has long been suspected to be a vowel-shifting language. This hypothesis, often only adumbrated in previous work, is closely investigated in this book. Framed within a novel framework combining evolutionary linguistics and Optimality Theory, the account proposed here argues that the replacement of duration by quality as the primary cue to signaling vowel oppositions has resulted in the ‘shiftiness’ of many post-medieval English varieties.

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    xii, 222 pages
    DE GRUYTER MOUTON
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    English Phonology; Evolutionary Linguistics; Vowel Shifts; Typology

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    Kamil Kaźmierski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland.

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