S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) English Language and Literature (영어영문학과) SNU working papers in English language and linguistics SNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.10 (2012)
An Analysis of I-Umlaut in Old English
- Piao, Meizi
- Issue Date
- SNU Working Papers in English Linguistics and Language, Vol.10, pp. 82-94
- Lass (1994) calls the period from Proto-Germanic to historical Old English The Age of Harmony. Among the harmony processes in this period, i-umlaut has been considered as
one of the most far-reaching and important sound changes (Hogg 1992, Lass 1994) or as one of the least controversial sound changes (Colman 2005). This paper tries to analyze i-umlaut in Old English within the framework of the Autosegmental theory and the Optimality theory, and explain how suffix i or j in the unstressed syllable cause the stem vowels in the stressed syllable to be fronted or raised.