Optimal diphthongs and vowel shifts (in English): Is there a link?

Here we have another entry where the title pretty much says it all. Definitely an interesting perspective worth considering…

Minkova, Donka and Robert Stockwell. 2003. English vowel shifts and ‘optimal’ diphthongs: Is there a logical link? In D. Eric Holt (Ed.), Optimality Theory and language change. The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishing. pp. 169-190. http://books.google.com/books?id=CYDkGiu8w5sC&pg=PA169&lpg=PA169&dq=English+vowel+shifts+and+optimal+diphthongs&source=bl&ots=byu47KYGOV&sig=-GNquzfsx_J-QfQtN3jVGUsBV5k&hl=en&ei=wBIZTbmLEZCHnAfMqqCrAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=English%20vowel%20shifts%20and%20optimal%20diphthongs&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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