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ON A SYNCHRONIC APPROACH TO OLD ENGLISH MORPHOLOGY

ON A SYNCHRONIC APPROACH TO OLD ENGLISH MORPHOLOGY Folia Linguistica HistoricaXIX/1-2 pp. 119-128 © Societas Linguistica Europaea ON A SYNCHRONIC APPROACH TO OLD ENGLISH MORPHOLOGY1 MARCIN KRYGIER Analysing publications devoted to Old English which have appeared over the last few decades, one cannot fail to notice a curious imbalance between discussions of phonology on the one band and inflectional morphology on the other. Understanding of the Old English phonological System has undergone far-reaching modifications in that period: a new Interpretation of z-umlaut, the discussion on the nature of the alleged short diphthongs, or the recent attempt at questioning the allophonic Status of voiced fricatives should sufifice äs examples of this on-going debate. On the other hand, studies of Old English inflectional morphology seem to lack a similar intellectual potency. New publications regularly concentrate on minute details, without much import on the inflectional System of Old English äs a whole, or eise they are devoted to theoretical ruminations, the main goal of which is to verify the theory favoured by the author rather than to explain peculiarities of the Old English inflectional System. This imbalance is much greater than one could have suspected at the first glance. Comparing Campbell's Old English grammar (1959) - the Standard textbook http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png folia linguistica historica de Gruyter

ON A SYNCHRONIC APPROACH TO OLD ENGLISH MORPHOLOGY

folia linguistica historica , Volume 32 – Jan 1, 1998

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Folia Linguistica HistoricaXIX/1-2 pp. 119-128 © Societas Linguistica Europaea ON A SYNCHRONIC APPROACH TO OLD ENGLISH MORPHOLOGY1 MARCIN KRYGIER Analysing publications devoted to Old English which have appeared over the last few decades, one cannot fail to notice a curious imbalance between discussions of phonology on the one band and inflectional morphology on the other. Understanding of the Old English phonological System has undergone far-reaching modifications in that period: a new Interpretation of z-umlaut, the discussion on the nature of the alleged short diphthongs, or the recent attempt at questioning the allophonic Status of voiced fricatives should sufifice äs examples of this on-going debate. On the other hand, studies of Old English inflectional morphology seem to lack a similar intellectual potency. New publications regularly concentrate on minute details, without much import on the inflectional System of Old English äs a whole, or eise they are devoted to theoretical ruminations, the main goal of which is to verify the theory favoured by the author rather than to explain peculiarities of the Old English inflectional System. This imbalance is much greater than one could have suspected at the first glance. Comparing Campbell's Old English grammar (1959) - the Standard textbook

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Published: Jan 1, 1998

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