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Introduction

D. Gary Miller

in Language Change and Linguistic Theory, Volume I

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583423
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191723438 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583423.003.0001
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This non‐introductory treatise examines topics involving change in different components of the grammar from the perspectives of theory, acquisition, variation, and motivation. Traditional concerns, such as variation and lexical diffusion or the interaction of sound change and analogy are investigated for their impact on contemporary issues. Analogy can lead to systematic repair by increasing regularity in phonology as well as in other parts of the grammar. The interaction of articulatory and perceptual factors is discussed. Naturalness in different components of the grammar is argued to have implications for expected changes, including denaturalization, whereby phonetic conditioning yields to phonological and morphological operations (or constraints) and environments. Alterations of syllable timing within metrical feet and words have consequences for contemporary theory and ideas of change. The volume closes with vowel shifts and their motivation.

Keywords: analogy; lexical diffusion; variation; naturalness; phonetic conditioning; constraints; vowel shifts

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Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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