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. 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.

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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