Drag chains, but not push chains…

Continuing the theme of numerous ways of looking at vowel shifts, this week, I present the views of Robert D King on the subject, via his 1969 Glossa article “Push Chains and Drag Chains.” Among the interesting points King discusses are his view that drag chains, but not push chains, exist. (Since Glossa is no longer in print, I have included an actual pdf of the article with this posting.)

King, Robert D. 1969. Push chains and drag chains. Glossa, 3.1:3-21. http://www.ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/king 1969.pdf


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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