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Description - Phonetics and Philology by Jane Stuart-Smith

This book presents an exhaustive treatment of a long-standing problem of Proto-Indo-European and Italic philology: the development of the Proto-Indo-European voiced aspirates in the ancient languages of Italy. In so doing it tackles a central issue of historical linguistics: the plausibility of explanations for sound change. The author argues that the problem can be resolved by combining a traditional philological investigation with experimental phonetics. Philological methods enable the presentation of the first integrated account of the evidence for the Italic languages, with detailed discussion of languages other than Latin. Theory and methods from experimental phonetics are then adopted to offer a new explanation for how the sound change might have taken place. At the same time, phonetic methods also confirm the traditional reconstruction of voiced aspirates for Proto-Indo-European. Thus the book offers a case-study of the successful application of synchronic theory and method to a problem of diachrony.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199257737
ISBN-10: 0199257736
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 164mm x 22mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jane Stuart-Smith

Jane Stuart-Smith is a Lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow. Her main research interests include language change, phonetics, and sociolinguistics, with particular interest in Scots (Glaswegian) and South Asian languages (Panjabi). After an initial training in Comparative Philology and General Linguistics at Oxford University, she spent a year working with Panjabi-English bilinguals in Birmingham before moving to Glasgow where she is carrying out the first major sociophonetic investigation of Glaswegian speech since the early 1970s.