2 On Evidence
- Sound Change and the History of English
- Oxford University Press
This chapter addresses a key problem in the study of sound-change, viz. the nature of the evidence. The notion of ‘witness’ is interrogated, and then the chapter deals with four sources of witnesses traditionally distinguished for the study of past states of the sound-system of a language: writing-systems, verse practices, contemporary writers on language, and reconstruction.
witnesses, writing-systems, runes, verse practices, rhymes, contemporary writers, language, orthoepists, reconstruction
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