A Grammar of Old English, Volume 1: Phonology

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 28, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 368 pages
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First published in 1992, A Grammar of Old English, Volume 1: Phonology was a landmark publication that in the intervening years has not been surpassed in its depth of scholarship and usefulness to the field. With the 2011 posthumous publication of Richard M. Hogg’s Volume 2: Morphology, Volume 1 is again in print, now in paperback, so that scholars can own this complete work.
  • Takes account of major developments both in the field of Old English studies and in linguistic theory
  • Takes full advantage of the Dictionary of Old English project at Toronto, and includes full cross-references to the DOE data
  • Fully utilizes work in phonemic and generative theory and related topics
  • Provides material crucial for future research both in diachronic and synchronic phonology and in historical sociolinguistics

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Orthography and phonology
The vowelsin Germanic
Raising of back vowels
The consonants in Germanic
Primitive Germanic II Verners
IIIGermanic approximants IV Consonantloss V West Germanic gemination
Second fronting
Angliansmoothing IX Back umlaut
Palatal umlaut
Palatal monophthongization XII Compensatory lengthening XIII Hiatus XIV Merger ofioand eo XV West Saxon developments of high front vowels ...
Changes in quantity
Unstressed vowels

Old Englishvowels
First fronting andassociated changes II Breaking
Lowering of second elements of diphthongs
VPalatal diphthongization
Old English
Word Index

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Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

The late Richard M. Hogg was Professor of English Language at the University of Manchester. He was the General Editor of the Cambridge History of the English Language and author, with C. B. McCully, of Metrical Phonology: A Coursebook (1987), and editor, with David Denison, of A History of the English Language (2008).

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