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By Richard M. Hogg

ISBN-10: 1444339338

ISBN-13: 9781444339338

First released in 1992, A Grammar of previous English, quantity 1: Phonology was once a landmark e-book that during the intervening years has no longer been handed in its intensity of scholarship and usability to the sector. With the 2011 posthumous booklet of Richard M. Hogg’s Volume 2: Morphology, Volume 1 is back in print, now in paperback, in order that students can personal this entire work.

  • Takes account of significant advancements either within the box of outdated English stories and in linguistic theory
  • Takes complete benefit of the Dictionary of Old English undertaking at Toronto, and contains complete cross-references to the DOE data
  • Fully makes use of paintings in phonemic and generative conception and similar topics
  • Provides fabric an important for destiny study either in diachronic and synchronic phonology and in historic sociolinguistics

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Their separation here is largely a matter of convenience, but at least in the liquids and approximants important phonological differences exist between the two subclasses. 2 It is sometimes claimed that the alliteration of vowels in OE poetry must be due to the presence of an initial glottal stop. Although the question of the existence of such a stop is not ultimately decidable, it must be said that the basis for postulating such could scarcely be frailer, and the evidence of prominence shift shown in later place-names such as Yalding argues against it.

The fundamental point at issue, therefore, is the status of the sounds represented by the ‘short’ digraphs 〈ea, eo, io〉 (and 〈ie〉). 25–8. 25 Daunt (1939, 1952) argues that the second element of the digraphs1 was a diacritic indicating that the following consonant was phonemically [back]. A similar view is taken by Mossé (1945: §12). Hence weorpan ‘throw’ = /we pan/, liomu ‘limbs’ = /liÛu/, etc. But this applies only to the ‘short’ digraphs, and Daunt accepts that the ‘long’ digraphs represented true diphthongs, even in otherwise identical environments.

Pl. , loca ‘lock’. The only possible orthographic evidence which might suggest that there was a palatal allophone of /k/, that is, [c], before front vowels Orthography and phonology 29 comes from the Ruthwell Cross, where the symbol • is used for /k/ before a front vowel in contrast to † which is used elsewhere. Thus we find RuthCr Åyninc ‘king’, unÅet ‘us two’ against krist, kwdmu ‘they came’, see Page (1973: 152), Campbell (1959: §427n1). But Ball (1988: 115–16) argues convincingly that the two runes are merely allographs of the same grapheme, without phonological significance, against, for example, King (1986: 60–1).

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