By Donka Minkova

ISBN-10: 0521032245

ISBN-13: 9780521032247

ISBN-10: 0521573173

ISBN-13: 9780521573177

This 2003 learn makes use of proof from early English verse to reconstruct the process a few vital phonological adjustments within the historical past of the language. It builds at the premise that alliteration displays faithfully the acoustic id and similarity of under pressure syllable onsets. person chapters conceal the heritage of the velars, the constitution and heritage 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 exam of the styles of team alliteration in outdated and heart English unearths a hierarchy of cluster-internal cohesiveness which results in new conclusions in regards to the motives for the distinct therapy of sp-, st-, sk- in alliteration. The research attracts on phonetically established Optimality-Theoretic types. The publication provides worthy information regarding the medieval poetic canon and elucidates the connection among orality and literacy within the evolution of English verse.

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