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An Analysis of I-Umlaut in Old English

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Authors
Piao, Meizi
Issue Date
2012-12
Publisher
Department of English Language and Literature, Seoul National University
Citation
SNU Working Papers in English Linguistics and Language, Vol.10, pp. 82-94
Keywords
I-umlautOld EnglishAutosegmental theoryvowel harmony Optimality theory
Abstract
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.
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/81463
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