Item description for Sounds and Systems: Studies in Structure and Change : A Festschrift for Theo Vennemann (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs, 141) by David Restle...
The integration of traditional and modem linguistics as well as diachrony and synchrony is the hallmark of an influential trend in contemporary research on language. It is documented in the present collection of 21 new papers on the history and structure of the sounds and other (sub-) systems of human languages, sharing the common reference point of Theo Vennemann, a leading figure in the above-mentioned trend, whom the authors want to honor with this Festschrift.
Topics covered in the sound section of the historical part include, among others, regular sound change and lexical diffusion, open syllable lengthening in New High German, orthographic accentuation and syllable cut in English, preglottalization as ongoing change, and Old English breaking; among the topics of the general section of the diachronic part are the relation between inheritance and language contact in the history of English, connections of Celtic with Basque on one hand and with Latin on the other, and early European toponomy. The contributions to the synchronic part deal, among others, with cyclical phonological rules and base-identity, the universality of the meter of nursery rhymes, off-rhymes, the theories of Syllabic Oscillation and of Prosodic Morphology, iconicity in the coding of imperatives, accentuation of German compounds, German orthography, classification and nominals in a Papuan language, an intriguing case of polysemy and polyvalency, and an Optimalit! y-Theoretic account of vagueness and economy in lexical pragmatics.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.22" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.79 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2002
Publisher Walter de Gruyter
ISBN 311017569X ISBN13 9783110175691
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