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By Donka Minkova

ISBN-10: 0521032245

ISBN-13: 9780521032247

ISBN-10: 0521573173

ISBN-13: 9780521573177

This 2003 learn makes use of facts from early English verse to reconstruct the process a few vital phonological alterations within the background of the language. It builds at the premise that alliteration displays faithfully the acoustic identification and similarity of under pressure syllable onsets. person chapters conceal the historical past of the velars, the constitution and heritage of vowel-initial syllable onsets, the behaviour of onset clusters, and the chronology and motivation of cluster aid (gn-, kn-, hr-, hl-, hn-, hw-, wr-, wl-). exam of the styles of staff alliteration in outdated and heart English finds a hierarchy of cluster-internal cohesiveness which ends up in new conclusions concerning the motives for the unique therapy of sp-, st-, sk- in alliteration. The research attracts on phonetically dependent Optimality-Theoretic types. The e-book provides important information regarding the medieval poetic canon and elucidates the connection among orality and literacy within the evolution of English verse.

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