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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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From Pre-English to Old English

From Pre-English to Old English

(p.88) 4 From Pre-English to Old English
Sound Change and the History of English

Jeremy J. Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter begins with a brief historical outline, relating Old English to other Germanic varieties and interrogating traditional models of this linguistic relationship. It then focuses on one sound-change in particular: Old English Breaking, a development which, it is argued, took place as the Anglo-Saxons settled in Britain (the Adventus Saxonum).

Keywords:   Germanic, tree-model, wave-model, breaking, Adventus Saxonum

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