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English Pronunciation in the Eighteenth Century: Thomas Spence's 'Grand Repository of the English Language' Hardcover – 29 Apr 1999

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (29 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198237812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198237815
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2 x 23.6 cm
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Beal's study of a largely ignored eighteenth-century pronouncing dictionary is an important contribution to the field of English historical phonology largely through the benefits of its inclusive methodology: the technique leaves no relevant evidential stone unturned and the results are consequently firmly fixed in their historical, social and linguistic framework. (Margaret J-M Sonmez, J. Linguistics 36 (2000).)

a work that contains a number of new insights into sound change at the phonetic level, and into the interrelationship between phonic details, their social conditioning and their phonological implications. / From the smaller world of Thomas Spence's life and works to the larger context of language studies then and now, this is a book that makes connections. (Margaret J-M Sonmez, J. Linguistics 36 (2000).)

careful piecing together of evidence from many sources. (Margaret J-M Sonmez, J. Linguistics 36 (2000).)

the whole of [this] final section is essential reading for any student of Early and Later Modern English pronunciation. (Margaret J-M Sonmez, J. Linguistics 36 (2000).)

a tantalising glimpse of what can happen when evidence relating to phonetic and lexical diffusion is combined. (Margaret J-M Sonmez, J. Linguistics 36 (2000).)

Beal's work has a far wider significance than its subtitle might suggest, and the book is an important work of scholarship in eighteenth-century English phonology and in the history of English phonology more generally. (Margaret J-M Sonmez, J. Linguistics 36 (2000).)

Beal has done us a great favour in drawing Spence's work to our attention, and another in regulating and evaluating its content. (Alison Wray, Journal of Sociolinguistics)

this book may be seen as a valuable addition to a rather underesearched period of the English Language (Alison Wray, Journal of Sociolinguistics)

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