The Evolution of Germanic Phonological Systems: Proto-German, Gothic, West Germanic, and Scandinavian

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This work expounds a new approach to fundamental problems of phonology, based on applying principals of general systemics to linguistic exploration. The proposed approach is then applied to the historical evolution of Germanic phonological systems since the separation of Proto-Germanic from Proto-Indo-European, concluding with modern German, English, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, and Icelandic. It is demonstrated that these divergent evolutionary lines have been continuous causes-and-effect chains, and that the root causes of phonological evolution lie in the restructurings on the systenic tier of the ultimate phonological quanta.

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Dr. Vulf Plotkin earned his Ph.D. and D.Sc. (Philology) from St. Petersburg University. He has explored phonological and grammatical systems in English and other Germanic languages, viewing them in their historical and typographical evolution.

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"The author rightly recognises that the elaboration of a sound system for all the languages of the world is of little use and will by no means provide a description of the ultimate phonological units themselves. Therefore, he rather takes on the phonological system of each Germanic language individually and passes through its history using the principle of analysing its functional, structural and substance-related aspects in their mutual relationships. This combination of three factors is a new approach to the search for the driving forces of language evolution." - Professor Hermann Bluhme Emeritus, University of Antwerp "Plotkin bases his theory [of phonological analysis] on the concept of kinemes, which leads him to a radical reassessment (reinterpretation) of the traditional concept of the phoneme and the whole phonological system." - Prof. dr. hab. Albertas Steponavicius Emeritus, Vilnius University "Of particular interest, in my opinion, is Plotkin's consistent approach to the status of the phonological constituent, which calls for its recognition as a language unit in its own right with its own properties." - Prof. Alexander Zeleneckij, D. Sc. (Philol.) Dept. of Linguistic Theory and Germanic Studies, University of Kaluga"

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Vulf Plotkin
Published by Edwin Mellen Pr (2008)
ISBN 10: 0773450203 ISBN 13: 9780773450202
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