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Medieval English and its Heritage

Structure, Meaning and Mechanisms of Change


Nikolaus Ritt, Herbert Schendl, Christiane Dalton-Puffer and Dieter Kastovsky

Contents: Jeremy J. Smith: Phonaesthesia, Ablaut and the history of the English demonstratives – Christian Liebl: The A and O of a medieval English sound change: prolegomena to a study of the origins and early geographical diffusion of /ɑː/ > /ɔː/ – Julia Schlüter: A small word of great interest: the allomorphy of the indefinite article as a diagnostic of sound change from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries – Philip Durkin: Loanword etymologies in the third edition of the OED: the benefits of the application of a consistent methodology for the scholarly user – Michael Bilynsky: Getting a diachronic view on synonymy: verbs and deverbatives – Ewa Ciszek: -dōm in medieval English – Ferdinand von Mengden: The peculiarities of the OE numeral system – Letizia Vezzosi: From agen to own – Ilse Wischer: Grammaticalisation and language contact in the history of English: the evolution of the progressive form – W. Garrett Mitchener: A mathematical model of the loss of verb-second in Middle English – Päivi Pahta/Arja Nurmi: Code-switching in the Helsinki Corpus: a thousand years of multilingual practices – Tamás Eitler: Audience rules: interspeaker accomodation and intraspeaker syntactic variation in Late Middle English.