Consonant Change in English Worldwide

Synchrony meets Diachrony

  • Daniel┬áSchreier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 226-248

About this book


Applying insights from variationist linguistics to historical change mechanisms that have affected the consonantal system of English, Daniel Schreier reports findings from a historical corpus-based study on the reduction of particular consonant clusters and compares them with similar processes in synchronic varieties, thus defining consonantal change as a phenomenon involving psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, phonological theory and contact linguistics. Moreover, he weighs the impact of external and internal effects on causation, examining data from a total of 15 varieties with different time depths and social histories.


diachronic historical corpus linguistics phonology sociolinguistics synchronic

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel┬áSchreier
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  1. 1.BaselSwitzerland

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