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Long-vowel shifts in English, c. 1050-1700 : evidence from spelling / Gjertrud Flermoen Stenbrenden.

Author / Creator Stenbrenden, Gjertrud Flermoen, author.
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
©2016
Description xvii, 342 pages ; 24 cm.
Language English
Series Studies in English language
Studies in English language.
Subject English language -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Vowels.
English language -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Orthography and spelling.
English language -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- Vowels.
English language -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- Orthography and spelling.
English language -- Pronunciation -- History.
English language -- Phonology, Historical.
English language -- Grammar, Generative.
Linguistic change -- History.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative.
English language -- Grammar, Generative.
English language -- Middle English -- Vowels.
English language -- Old English -- Vowels.
English language -- Phonology, Historical.
English language -- Pronunciation.
Linguistic change.
History.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/10740413
ISBN 9781107055759
110705575X
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-337) and index.
Summary "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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