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 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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