Kiparsky on vowel shifts, neogrammarian sound change, and lexical diffusion

Here’s an interesting piece taken from the Handbook of Historical Linguistics (2003, although originally published in the Handbook of Phonological Theory in 1995) from Paul Kiparsky on the phonological basis of sound change. Included in his discussion are his take on chain shifts, neogrammarian sound change, and lexical diffusion. Like Ohala (mentioned earlier this week on the blog), I feel like Kiparsky is another of those linguists who raises interesting points and provides a lot of food for thought, even if you don’t agree with his views.

Kiparsky, Paul. 1995. The phonological basis of sound change. In John Goldsmith (Ed.), The handbook of phonological theory. Oxford: Blackwell.

Presented here as:

Kiparsky, Paul. 2003. The phonological basis of sound change. In Joseph, Brian D., and Richard D. Janda (Eds.), The handbook of historical linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 313-342.

http://books.google.com/books?id=FuIXlagaFkcC&pg=PA640&dq=The+phonological+basis+of+sound+change&hl=en&ei=prZpTNvFHYLmnAeO6qzDBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=The%20phonological%20basis%20of%20sound%20change&f=false

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About daviddurian
I am a sociolinguist with a Ph D in Linguistics from The Ohio State University. Currently, I work as the Lecturer at Rice University, where I teach undergraduate courses in both sociolinguistics and general linguistics. I also work on research projects investing language variation and change in US English a variety of cities. Specifically, at the moment, this includes Houston, Chicago, and Columbus, OH.

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