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Old English A Historical Linguistic Companion

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ISBN-10: 052145848X

ISBN-13: 9780521458481

Edition: N/A

Authors: Roger Lass

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List price: $88.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/25/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Conventions, symbols and abbreviations
Introduction and caveats: the notion 'Old English'
A note on handbooks
Historical prelude
Background and origins
History in linguistic description
Indo-European and Germanic
The attestation of Germanic
Classification of the Germanic languages
Indo-European to Proto-Germanic to West Germanic
Germanic: an innovation cluster
Formation of the PGmc vowel system
The IE consonants: Grimm's Law
The Accent Shift and Verner's Law
Recapitulation: PGmc phonological systems
Some further remarks on PGmc phonology
Features of Northwest Germanic
West Germanic
Old English Phonology
Evolution of Old English phonology: the major early sound changes
Sound change and linguistic structure
West Germanic Gemination
Pre-nasal vowels in Ingvaeonic and Anglo-Frisian
West Germanic */[alpha]:/ and */[alpha]i/ in Ingvaeonic
Anglo-Frisian Brightening, Restoration of [alpha] and the /ae/:/[alpha]/ opposition
Diphthongs old and new: Breaking and related processes
'Long' and 'short' diphthongs
Breaking, retraction and Diphthong Height Harmony
Back umlaut
Morphophonemic effects of diphthongization
From allophonic rule to phonemic contrast
I-umlaut in detail
I-umlaut and Old English morphology
The fricatives: voicing, devoicing, hardening and deletion
OE /f, [theta], s/
The velars
Fricative hardening and its consequences
Appendix: 'Palatal Diphthongization'
Germanic stress and Old English stress
Stress rules and 'degrees of stress'
The Germanic Stress Rule
Old English stress
Major developments in weak syllables
Final reduction and loss
High Vowel Deletion and medial syncope
Morphophonemic intermezzo
Ablaut, the laryngeals and the IE root
The basic alternations
The conditioning of ablaut
The laryngeals: 'Irregular' ablaut regularized and a new look for IE root-structure
Roots and extensions
Zero-grade revisited
Appendix: consonantal alternations
Morphology, lexis and syntax
Inflectional morphology, I: nouns, pronous, determiners and adjectives
The noun
Root vs. stem, thematic vs. athematic
IE noun-inflection: gender, number, case
The major noun classes
A note in retrospect
Pronouns and determiners
Personal pronouns
'Definite article'/demonstrative
Interrogative pronouns
The adjective
The basic inflections
Inflectional morphology, II: The verb
Historical preliminaries
The strong verb
Ablaut in the strong verb, classes I-V
The strong verb, classes VI-VII
The strong past participle
Infinitive and present participle (strong and weak)
The weak verb
The weak preterite suffix and past participle
The weak verb classes
Preterite presents and minor verb types
Preterite presents
Athematic root verbs and 'to be'
Person/number/mood inflection
The strong verb
The weak verb: present system
The weak verb: preterite
Vocabulary and word-formation
The PGmc lexicon
Loans in Old English
Celtic and French
Typology and productivity
Names, adverbs and numerals
Proper names
Topics in OE historical syntax: word-order and case
Reconstructed syntax?
Basic constituent order
The clausal brace and verb-second order
The syntax of the OE cases in historical perspective
Overview: form, function and syncretism
Historical persistence or natural semantics? IE remains in OE case syntax
Historical postlude
The dissolution of Old English
Stasis, flux, transition
Monophthongization and merger
The new diphthongs
Quantity adjustment
Weak vowel collapse and the new morphology
Index of names
Subject index
Index of Old English words and affixes