In honor of Robert Stockwell

In honor of Robert Stockwell, we present an overview collection of his work, both on his own, and with Donka Minkova, on vowel shifting in English. Please see the resources below and take the time to look at some of them. He had some very interesting, and very unique, perspectives…

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

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://www.ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/Stockwell 2002.pdf

Stockwell, Robert, and Donka Minkova. 1999. Explanations of Sound Change: Contradictions between dialect data and theories of chain shifting. Leeds Studies in English XXX:83-102. http://www.ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/Stockwell Minkova 1999.pdf

Stockwell, Robert, and Donka Minkova. 1997. On drifts and shifts. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 31:283-303. http://www.ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/Stockwell_Minkova_1997.pdf

Stockwell, Robert. 1972. Problems in the interpretation of the Great Vowel Shift. In M. Estellie Smith, Ed., Studies in Linguistics in Honor of George Trager. Mouton: The Hague, Paris. pp. 344-362. http://www.ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/stockwell 1972.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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