English Pronunciation in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

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Dezember 2005



This work provides a detailed account of word level pronunciation in England and Scotland between 1700 and 1900. All major and minor source materials are presented in depth and there is a close discussion of contemporary attitudes to pronunciation standards and orthographic reform. The materials are presented in three chronological periods: 1700-1750, 1750-1800 and the Nineteenth century, so that the reader is able not only to see the main characteristics of the pronunciation of both vowels and consonants in each period, but can also compare developments from one period to another, thus identifying ongoing changes to the phonology.


Preface PART ONE: THE EARLY EIGHTEENTH CENTURY Background Sound/Symbol Representations: The Case for and Against Manipulation of the Orthography The Sound System: Description and Classification The Vowel Phonology Non-Vowel Phonology PART TWO: THE LATER EIGHTEENTH CENTURY Background Sound/Symbol Representations The Sound System: Description and Classification The Vowel Phonology Non-Vowel Phonology PART THREE: THE NINETEENTH CENTURY Background The Vowel Phonology Non-Vowel Phonology Bibliography Index


CHARLES JONES is Emeritus Forbes Professor of English Language at the University of Edinburgh, UK where he served as Professor and Head of Department from 1990 to 2004. He has also held the Chair of English Language at the University of Durham (1978-1990) as well as several Visiting Professorships in the USA. He was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2001-2003. His main published works are Grammatical Gender in English 950-1250 (1989); A History of English Phonology (1989); A Language Suppressed: The Pronunciation of Scots in the Eighteenth Century (1975); and The Edinburgh History of the Scots Language (1997), which was awarded the National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year Prize in 1998. He was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000 and the Royal Society of Arts in 2003


'This volume relies on a wealth of primary sources, which the author investigates with great accuracy, thus giving a very detailed picture of how Late Modern English commentators approached phonological variation at the segmental level. The comments provided by the authors discussed shed considerable light on how speakers saw their usage and strove to change or maintain it. As a result, this valuable study sets itself at the crossroads between historical phonology, historical dialectology, and historical perceptual dialectology.' Professor Marina Dossena, Universita' degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy ' is an essential work of reference for any scholar with an interest in the history of English linguistics in this period.' - Joan C. Beal, Historiographia Linguistica
EAN: 9781403947239
ISBN: 1403947236
Untertitel: 2006. Auflage. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2005
Seitenanzahl: 402 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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