Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English (Cambridge by Donka Minkova

By Donka Minkova

This 2003 examine makes use of proof from early English verse to reconstruct the process a few significant phonological alterations within the background of the language. It builds at the premise that alliteration displays faithfully the acoustic id and similarity of under pressure syllable onsets. person chapters conceal the historical past of the velars, the constitution and heritage of vowel-initial syllable onsets, the behaviour of onset clusters, and the chronology and motivation of cluster aid (gn-, kn-, hr-, hl-, hn-, hw-, wr-, wl-). exam of the styles of team alliteration in previous and heart English unearths a hierarchy of cluster-internal cohesiveness which results in new conclusions in regards to the explanations for the targeted remedy of sp-, st-, sk- in alliteration. The research attracts on phonetically established Optimality-Theoretic versions. The publication offers worthy information regarding the medieval poetic canon and elucidates the connection among orality and literacy within the evolution of English verse.

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