Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 22 April 2019

Abstract and Keywords

Digital corpora have revolutionized research on historical morpho-syntax and lexicology, but so far have had little impact on the study of phonological change. This can be explained in part by the fact that the relationship between spelling and phonology is not very straightforward. Focusing on Middle English, this article shows how corpus data can be exploited to investigate historical phonology: from the distribution and frequencies of morphemes, conclusions can be drawn about phonological systems and the changes they underwent even without directly investigating phonemes or larger phonotactic configurations. Two cases are presented to demonstrate the line of reasoning. The first example concerns stress assignment in English nouns and verbs, while the second concerns the long term implementation of a specific sound change.

Keywords: digital corpora, spelling, phonology, phonological change, sound change, verbs, nouns, Middle English, phonemes, technology, linguistics

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.