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By David Denison, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, Chris McCully, Emma Moore

ISBN-10: 052111246X

ISBN-13: 9780521112468

Is old linguistics diversified in precept from different linguistic learn? This ebook addresses difficulties encountered in accumulating and analysing facts from early English, together with the unfinished nature of the facts and the hazards of misinterpretation or over-interpretation. nonetheless, gaps within the information can occasionally be crammed. the amount brings jointly a group of major English old linguists who've encountered such matters first-hand, to debate and recommend strategies to a number difficulties within the phonology, syntax, dialectology and onomastics of older English. the themes expand commonly over the heritage of English, chronologically and linguistically, and comprise Anglo-Saxon naming practices, the phonology of the alliterative line, computational dimension of dialect similarity, dialect levelling and enregisterment in past due smooth English, stress-timing in English phonology and the syntax of previous and early sleek English. The e-book should be of specific curiosity to researchers and scholars in English old linguistics.

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The realisation with the trochaic word in item (16) has a higher frequency, with 151 examples as compared with 67 for the realisation in item (15). The increase in frequency is similar for item (18), which illustrates 20 Geoffrey Russom substitution of a trochaic word for a monosyllable in verses with the same stress pattern as item (17). Although the realisation with a trochaic word is more common in these Middle English verse patterns, the discrepancy is far less striking than for items (9) and (10).

If they do not, we are to call them proper names’. Such names are applied consistently to their referents, implying a facilitated physical referential pathway of the kind described metaphorically above. A further consequence of the model proposed here is the same expression need not enter the onomasticon of all users of the relevant name(s) at the same time. ’ This question was answered somewhat recklessly earlier on by my qualified assertion that it is not, and the answer is now in need of further qualification.

In adopting preferred Old English variants for expanded employment while continuing to restrict other variants, Middle English poets highlight the metrical complexity associated with trochaic word groups. In the Old English system, this complexity was associated with the metrical foot pattern, which was ideally realised as a single word. By the Middle English era, however, the old word-foot structure had been lost. At this point, constraints on trochaic word groups are most plausibly represented as constraints on placement of word boundaries within the verse pattern.

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