Up first: The Big Bang (Janda & Joseph, 2003)

The first paper I would like to suggest giving a read to is by Richard Janda and Brian Joseph. It is called “Reconsidering the canons of sound change: Towards a ‘big bang’ theory.”

Here’s the citation:

Janda, Richard D., and Brian Joseph. 2003. Reconsidering the canons of sound change: Towards a “Big Bang” theory. In Barry J. Blake and Kate Burridge (Eds.), Historical Linguistics 2001: Selected papers from the 15th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Melbourne, 13-17 August, 2001. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp. 205-219.

And here’s a link to a pdf: http://www.ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/janda_joseph_2003.pdf

See also the related post: On sound change and its aftermath…


About daviddurian
I am a sociolinguist with a Ph D in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and an MA in Rhetoric and Professional Writing from Northern Illinois University. Currently, I work as the Lecturer at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where I teach undergraduate courses in sociolinguistics, general linguistics, and first-year composition. I also work on research projects investigating variation and change in the vowel system of modern US English as it is spoken by Americans living in a variety of cities. At the moment, this includes Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, and Eastern Pennsylvania.

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