Joseph C. Salmons

Joseph C. Salmons

List of John Benjamins publications for which Joseph C. Salmons plays a role.

Book series



Germanic Heritage Languages in North America: Acquisition, attrition and change

Edited by Janne Bondi Johannessen † and Joseph C. Salmons

[Studies in Language Variation, 18] 2015. vi, 418 pp.
Subjects Germanic linguistics | Historical linguistics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology | Theoretical linguistics

Diachronica 1984–1998: Index to Volumes I–XV

Compiled by David J. Holsinger

[Diachronica, 17:IND] 2000. vi, 66 pp.
Subjects Historical linguistics

Nostratic: Sifting the Evidence

Edited by Joseph C. Salmons and Brian D. Joseph

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 142] 1998. vi, 293 pp.
Subjects Historical linguistics

Germanic Linguistics: Syntactic and diachronic

Edited by Rosina L. Lippi-Green and Joseph C. Salmons

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 137] 1996. viii, 192 pp.
Subjects Germanic linguistics | Historical linguistics | Theoretical linguistics


Joseph, Brian D. and Joseph C. Salmons. 2022. Ernst Frideryk Konrad Koerner: In memoriam. Diachronica 39:5, pp. 613–615
Litty, Samantha, Jennifer Mercer and Joseph C. Salmons. 2019. Chapter 7. Early immigrant English: Midwestern English before the dust settled. Processes of Change: Studies in Late Modern and Present-Day English, Jansen, Sandra and Lucia Siebers (eds.), pp. 115–138
We explore the development of final obstruent neutralization (German Bad ‘bath’: /ba:d/ = [ba:t]) and other features of an emerging Wisconsin English variety that has been shaped by contact, while considering multiple factors such as input, contact, and influence from other varieties. We draw our… read more | Chapter
Salmons, Joseph C. 2016. Joe’s jotting. Diachronica 33:4, pp. 547–550
This chapter explores the acoustics and phonology of speech sounds produced by Norwegian heritage speakers in the Upper Midwest in Norwegian and to a lesser extent in English. The study reports work on acoustic differences in obstruents spoken by heritage speakers whose L1 and L2 are both… read more | Article
Johannessen, Janne Bondi † and Joseph C. Salmons. 2015. The study of Germanic heritage languages in the Americas. Germanic Heritage Languages in North America: Acquisition, attrition and change, Johannessen, Janne Bondi † and Joseph C. Salmons (eds.), pp. 1–18
Putnam, Michael T. and Joseph C. Salmons. 2013. : Syntactic neutralization in heritage German*. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 3:2, pp. 233–252
This paper reports initial findings on the apparent loss of passive voice constructions in Moundridge Schweitzer German, a moribund enclave dialect spoken in South Central Kansas. The dialect once had three agent-suppressing constructions; today speakers produce only an impersonal construction but… read more | Article
Carroll, Ryan, Ragnar Svare and Joseph C. Salmons. 2012. Quantifying the evolutionary dynamics of German verbs. Journal of Historical Linguistics 2:2, pp. 153–172
Notions of constant rates of language change, whether relative or absolute, are widespread but controversial. Lieberman et al. (2007: 713) posit a frequency-based principle for verb regularization, tested against English historical data: “a verb that is 100 times less frequent regularizes 10 times… read more | Article
Salmons, Joseph C., Robert Allen Fox and Ewa Jacewicz. 2012. Prosodic skewing of input and the initiation of cross-generational sound change. The Initiation of Sound Change: Perception, production, and social factors, Solé, Maria-Josep and Daniel Recasens (eds.), pp. 167–184
This paper addresses a proposal about how the seeds of sound change are planted during cross-generational transmission in the particular case of persevering vocalic chain shifts, that is, changes that appear to span many generations. Specifically, we explore the idea that the realization of vowels… read more | Article
Smith, Laura Catharine and Joseph C. Salmons. 2008. Historical Phonology and Evolutionary Phonology. Diachronica 25:3, pp. 411–430
Review article
Salmons, Joseph C. 2002. Joe’s Jottings. Diachronica 19:2, pp. 429–430
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Salmons, Joseph C. and Brian D. Joseph. 1998. Introduction. Nostratic: Sifting the Evidence, Salmons, Joseph C. and Brian D. Joseph (eds.), pp. 1 ff.
Macken, Marlys A. and Joseph C. Salmons. 1997. Prosodic Templates in Sound Change. Diachronica 14:1, pp. 31–66
SUMMARY Prosodic Morphology and Phonology have extended the prosodic hierarchy to solve recalcitrant problems in a number of areas and, more recently, work on phonological acquisition has determined that a prosodic template is a basic organizing unit for the acquisition of features and… read more | Article
Lippi-Green, Rosina L. and Joseph C. Salmons. 1996. Foreword. Germanic Linguistics: Syntactic and diachronic, Lippi-Green, Rosina L. and Joseph C. Salmons (eds.), pp. vii ff.
SUMMARY This article examines the interplay between umlaut and plurality in Old High German as well as the modern language, a diachronic problem central to the theoretical literature on 'Natural Morphology' (NM). The NM analysis of these relations is revised on a variety of theoretical and… read more | Article
Data from language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and diachronic studies have all shown that the lexicon has a clear internal structure, which includes relationships among lexical items based on phonetic and phonological characteristics, semantic features, morphology, and frequency of use. In the… read more | Article
Salmons, Joseph C. and Gregory Iverson. 1993. Gothic PL- ~ FL- Variation as Lexical Diffusion. Diachronica 10:1, pp. 87–96
Salmons, Joseph C. 1992. The Evolution of Gender Assignment from OHG to NHG. Recent Developments in Germanic Linguistics, Lippi-Green, Rosina L. (ed.), pp. 81 ff.
Salmons, Joseph C. 1992. A look at the data for a global etymology: *tik ‘finger’. Explanation in Historical Linguistics, Davis, Garry W. and Gregory Iverson (eds.), pp. 207 ff.