First published in 1985. This title is a study in the synchronic and diachronic phonology and morphology of the Mercian dialect of Old English. It is particularly concerned with issues in the theory of phonology that have been the subject of the ‘abstractness controversy’, which developed in response to the theory of phonology put forward by Chomsky and Hale. This title will be of interest to students of English language and linguistics.
Introduction; 1. Short Diphthongs and Phonological Abstractness 2. Unseen i and Verb Morphology 3. Noun Morphology and Vowel Deletion 4. Second Fronting 5. Conclusion