How much shifting actually occurred during the Great Vowel Shift?

This time, we present to you the latest piece by Robert Stockwell analyzing the trajectories of the vowels involved in the historical English vowel shift (aka the Great Vowel Shift). This piece comes from Studies in the History of the English Language: A Millennial Perspective, and was published in 2002…

Stockwell, Robert. 2002. How much shifting occurred in the historical English vowel shift? In Donka Minkova and Robert Stockwell (Eds.), Studies in the history of the English Language: A millennial perspective. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. p. 267-281.

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:GVZdugZqOjsJ:www.degruyter.de/files/pdf/9783110175912Sample%2520Article%2520%28R.%2520Stockwell%29.pdf+How+much+shifting+occurred+in+the&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgKpO_sZP8_fNWhNg5-VWSRcoWSHjyVF9pLpLcp6fOm2yDQNt9XhiWxJji687slrtQH-W7n6AqNUJjaOa40bPWBg-RbXLWWI2U5u_FukdUuUhwsL91laZ_Oeh96o5RX6BhiFrhW&sig=AHIEtbSjG7pOPf2Hq8JlaJjZRaWP6a_57w

Other readings by Stockwell (with Donka Minkova) useful for understanding his (their) take on the GVS include the following, already posted here on the NWAC site:

https://nwac.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/optimal-diphthongs-and-vowel-shifts-in-english-is-there-a-link/

https://nwac.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/another-perspective-on-chain-shifting/

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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.

One Response to How much shifting actually occurred during the Great Vowel Shift?

  1. Pingback: Resources: How much shifting actually occurred during the Great Vowel Shift? « Numerous Ways of Analyzing Change (NWAC) | The LingEducator Blog

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