Studies in the History of the English Language II: Unfolding Conversations


The volume contains selected papers from the SHEL-2 conference held at the University of Washington in Spring 2002. Scholars from North America and Europe address a broad spectrum of research topics in historical English linguistics, including new theories/methods such as Optimality Theory and corpus linguistics, and traditional fields such as phonology and syntax. In each of the four sections - Philology and linguistics; Corpus- and text-based studies; Constraint-based studies; and Dialectology - leading scholars respond directly to each other's arguments within the volume. The volume captures an ongoing conversation at the heart of historical English linguistics: the question of evidence and historical reconstruction.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Anne Curzan
  • Kimberly Emmons
  • Donka Minkova
  • Lesley Milroy
  • David L. White
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2004


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