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Sound Change and the History of English$
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Jeremy Smith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291953.001.0001

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On Explaining Sound Change

On Explaining Sound Change

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(p.1) 1 On Explaining Sound Change
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Sound Change and the History of English
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Jeremy J. Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291953.003.0001

This chapter begins with the central question to be addressed in the book, viz. why do sound-changes happen when and where they do? It thus locates the subject of sound-change in relation to broader issues of historiography. The remainder of the chapter is concerned with exploring what is meant by the notion ‘sound-change’, and then proceeds to look at key works in the field. Certain pragmatic notions are discussed, as are some important insights for understanding sound-change which have arisen in recent work in phonetics.

Keywords:   linguistic historiography, historical sociolinguistics, pragmatics, phonetics, philology

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