By Donka Minkova

ISBN-10: 0521032245

ISBN-13: 9780521032247

ISBN-10: 0521573173

ISBN-13: 9780521573177

This 2003 research makes use of proof from early English verse to reconstruct the process a few important phonological adjustments within the historical past of the language. It builds at the premise that alliteration displays faithfully the acoustic identification and similarity of under pressure syllable onsets. person chapters hide the heritage of the velars, the constitution and historical past of vowel-initial syllable onsets, the behaviour of onset clusters, and the chronology and motivation of cluster relief (gn-, kn-, hr-, hl-, hn-, hw-, wr-, wl-). exam of the styles of crew alliteration in outdated and center English unearths a hierarchy of cluster-internal cohesiveness which results in new conclusions concerning the motives for the distinctive therapy of sp-, st-, sk- in alliteration. The research attracts on phonetically dependent Optimality-Theoretic versions. The ebook provides priceless information regarding the medieval poetic canon and elucidates the connection among orality and literacy within the evolution of English verse.

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