There are detailed descriptions of each historical period of English, with specific areas in each time period, such as the Great Vowel Shift
, chosen for detailed study.
The resulting monophthongs became the input to the diphthongisation rule, a part of the Great Vowel Shift
His biggest strength is his systematic, sequential approach, reminiscent of a skilled detective following clues to reach a solution, which one can see best in the treatment of Open Syllable Lengthening (OSL), the developments of the front vowels (notably Vowels 3, 4, and 8) within the Great Vowel Shift
(GVS) complex and the Scottish Vowel Length rule (SVLR), covering developments vowel by vowel, environment by environment, resolutely and doggedly.
In academic circles, this progression is frequently called "the great vowel shift
It is not, however, an academic text, so it is inevitable that some subjects, such as the Great Vowel Shift
- a fifteenth century phenomenon in which long vowels came to be pronounced with greater elevation of the tongue so they sound more like we would pronounce today -are skimmed over when they are critical to understanding the development of English.
Concretamente, el Great Vowel Shift
se interpreta, siguiendo otra vez la propuesta de Dick Leith (1983: 145-149), en relacion con la estratificacion social existente en Londres durante la epoca Tudor.
In between Chaucer and Shakespeare came that perplexing phenomenon, The Great Vowel Shift
3) The development of a short variant of smeir after this stage of the Great Vowel Shift
was complete would give /smir/.
He ends with the Great Vowel Shift
, a change that created our modern pronunciation and destroyed phonetic spelling.
This term was introduced by Wells (1982: 256) to refer to the most recent ongoing developments associated with the Great Vowel Shift
in which these diphthongs/i:, u:, ei, ou, ai, au/show continuing movement of their first elements, beyond those reached by RP, so:
The dating of the Great Vowel Shift
seems inexplicably early, the account of medieval French stress is probably oversimplified, and the use of the term 'perfective' is incorrect.
It must be emphasised that the number of books and papers in all linguistic literature on only one change, the Great Vowel Shift
, outnumbers significantly all studies on the history of English consonants.