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From Regularity to Anomaly

Inflectional i-Umlaut in Middle English


Marcin Krygier

This book discusses the removal of i-umlaut alternations from the inflectional system of Middle English. After presenting the scope and nature of the process in Germanic languages, it offers a detailed investigation into its lexicalisation in main dialects of Middle English. The observed developments are viewed as an interplay of four main factors: the degree of optimal patterning, type frequency, language contact and paradigmatic pressure.
Contents: The definition of i-umlaut - History of research into i-umlaut - Umlaut theories - I-umlaut in Germanic dialects - I-umlaut in Old English - Inflectional i-umlaut in Middle English dialects.