Analysing older English

David Denison (Editor), Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero (Editor), Chris McCully (Editor), Emma Moore (Editor)

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Is historical linguistics different in principle from other linguistic research? This book addresses problems encountered in gathering and analysing data from early English, including the incomplete nature of the evidence and the dangers of misinterpretation or over-interpretation. Despite these difficulties, gaps in the data can sometimes be filled. The volume brings together a team of leading English historical linguists who have encountered such issues first-hand, to discuss and suggest solutions to a range of problems in the phonology, syntax, dialectology, and onomastics of older English. The topics extend widely over the history of English, chronologically and linguistically, and include Anglo-Saxon naming practices, the phonology of the alliterative line, computational measurement of dialect similarity, dialect levelling and enregisterment in late Modern English, stress-timing in English phonology, and the syntax of Old and early Modern English.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages350
ISBN (Print)9780521112468
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Publication series

NameStudies in English Language
PublisherCambridge University Press


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