The Development of Old English

The Development of Old English

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This book, the second volume in A Linguistic History of English, describes the development of Old English from Proto-Germanic. Like Volume I, it is an internal history of the structure of English that combines traditional historical linguistics, modern syntactic theory, the study of languages in contact, and the variationist approach to language change.The first part of the book considers the development of Northwest and West Germanic, and the northern dialects of the latter, with particular reference to phonological and morphological phenomena. Later chapters present a detailed account of changes in the Old English sound system, inflectional system, and syntax. The book aims to make the findings of traditional historical linguistics accessible to scholars and students in other subdisciplines, and also to adopt approaches from contemporarytheoretical linguistics in such a way that they are accessible to a wide range of historical linguists.The clearest cases are the verbs that had a-diphthongs in the root. The two PGmc verbs with initial *au-, whose past ... *ausanA… a#39;to draw (water)a#39;, past sg. *eaus (cf. Lat. haurAlre; Gk KAsA†A½AyA˜As /enAiue:n/ a#39;to kindle (fire)a#39;) agt; *ausan, *eAs agt; ONanbsp;...

Title:The Development of Old English
Author:Don Ringe, Ann Taylor
Publisher:OUP Oxford - 2014-10-30


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