Analogy, take 4: Schuchardt and Vennemann’s phonetic analogy and conceptual analogy

Following on from Joseph’s (to appear) discussion, as well as earlier postings concerning analogy and sound change (Take One, Two, and Three), here is a 4th take on the role of analogy in sound change. This time around, it’s Theo Vennemann building on concepts originally introduced by Hugo Schuchardt (1885): phonetic analogy and conceptual analogy.

As I mentioned earlier, my dissertation will investigate the possible role analogy plays in processes such as parallel shifts. As discussed by Joseph (to appear), my vision of the role analogy plays in the process, as initially demonstrated in Durian (2009),  is very much like the one discussed by Vennemann in his  article “Phonetic analogy and conceptual analogy” from 1972. Given the connection, I have included Vennemann’s discussion here.

Vennemann, Theo. 1972b. Phonetic analogy and conceptual analogy. In Vennemann, Theo, and Terence H. Wilbur (Eds.), Schuchardt, the Neogrammarians, and the Transformational Theory of phonological change: Four essays. Frankfort, Athenaum. p. 181-204. http://ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/vennemann 1972b.pdf

See also:

Durian, David. 2009. Purely a chain shift? The “Canadian Shift” in the US Midland. Paper presented at NWAV 38, Ottawa, Canada. http://www.ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/CLCC/Presentations.html

Schuchardt, Hugo. 1885. Uber die Lautesetze: Gegen die Junggrammatiker. Berlin: Oppenheim. (Reprinted and translated as On Sound Laws: Against the Neogrammarians in Vennemann, Theo, and Terence H. Wilbur (Eds.), Schuchardt, the Neogrammarians, and the Transformational Theory of phonological change: Four essays. Frankfort, Athenaum.) http://www.ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/Schuchardt_1885.pdf

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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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