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Sound Change and the History of English

Jeremy Smith


This book addresses the question: why do sound changes happen when and where they do? It discusses the origins of a series of sound changes in English. It relates the arguments to larger questions about the nature of explanation in history and historical linguistics, and examines the interplay between sound change and social change. Drawing on the latest research in linguistics and history, it shows how insights in one field illuminate the other. After the opening chapter describing the book's approach and a general theoretical framework for the study of sound-change, the book discusses proble ... More

Keywords: English historical linguistics, historical explanation, sociolinguistics, philology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291953
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291953.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Smith, author
University of Glasgow
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