Development in Prosodic Systems

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Johanna Paula Monique Fikkert, Haike Jacobs
Walter de Gruyter, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 463 pages
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Aiming to enlarge our understanding of the range of variation and the types of change in prosodic systems of languages, this book brings together papers on various aspects of prosodic development from a generative linguistic perspective. It addresses issues like the relationship between tone, stress and quantity, the evidence for prosodic change from metrics, and it discusses the role of analogy, language contact and language acquisition in change. The unique combination of different methodologies and perspectives investigating development in prosodic systems provides the reader a new and broader scope on historical linguistics.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
from quantity language
47
Prosodic change from tone to vowel length in Korean
67
Diachrony of the Scandinavian accent typology
91
Kaluzas Law and the progress of Old English metrics
145
New evidence from Chaucers
159
Constraining S and satisfying fit
197
From phrasefinal to postinitial accent in western Basque
249
Swiss German vowel length through time
283
The prosodic structure of prefixed words in the history
315
Lefthand wordstress in the history of English
349
Why preantepenultimate stress in Latin requires
395
The development of prosodic contrasts
419
Language index
457
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About the author (2003)

Paula Fikkert teaches at the Dutch Department of the University of Nijmegen. Haike Jacobs is Associate Professor at the University of Nijmegen and the Free University of Amsterdam.

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