The Regularity of the 'Irregular' Verbs and Nouns in English

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| Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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This volume presents an in-depth study of the so-called irregular Past Tense (sing/sang) and Noun Plural (foot/feet) forms with Internal Vowel Alternation (IVA) in English demonstrating that they possess both a fixed phonological and semantic regularity. The innovative sign-oriented analysis and inductive methodology employed in this study are further supported by additional first language acquisition data, experimental studies and historical evidence. The data culled from multiple linguistic anthologies, dictionaries and thesauri have shown that although the IVA process comprises a relatively small number of nominal and verbal forms in Modern English, IVA, originally, was a prevalent and productive process in Old English, Indo-European and other language families. The results of this empirical study present and introduce a novel classification based on the regular and systematic iconic-phonological and semantic nature of all these diverse IVA processes both nominal and verbal that has been maintained throughout the history of English.
[Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics, 66]  2013.  xvii, 273 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of figures
vii–viii
List of tables
ix–xii
List of abbreviations
xiii–xviii
Part One. Introduction
Chapter 1. Introduction
3–12
Chapter 2. “Irregular” versus “regular” nominal and Verbal forms in English
13–16
Part Two. Background
Chapter 3. Overview of Noun Plural versus Verbal Past Tense inflection in English: Parallel systems following CS-PHB theory
19–32
Chapter 4. Historical background of different systems of Noun Plural and Verbal Past Tense inflections
33–42
Part Three. The non-irregularity hypotheses
Chapter 5. The non-irregularity hypotheses following sign-oriented theory
45–48
Part Four. Phonological non-irregularity hypothesis
Chapter 6. The IVA system of Noun Plurals in Old 
and Modern English
51–56
Chapter 7. The IVA system of Past Tense formation in Old and Modern English
57–66
Part Five. Semantic non-irregularity
Chapter 8. The semantic feature of the nominal IVA system in old and Modern English
69–76
Chapter 9. The semantic aspects of the verbal IVA system in Old English
77–140
Chapter 10. The semantic aspects of the verbal IVA system in Modern English
141–162
Part Six. Further evidence for both hypotheses
Chapter 11. ‘Weak’ verbs as further evidence for both hypotheses
165–178
Chapter 12. Compound verbs as further evidence for both hypotheses
179–208
Part Seven. Discussion and conclusions
Appendices
221–246
References
247–264
Name index
265–266
Subject index
267–274
“[A]n original, explanatory and unified account of what have so far been considered non-systematic phenomena in the realization of past tense verbs and plural nouns. Utilizing the theoretical framework associated with the sign-oriented Columbia School and its phonological aspect, the theory of Phonology as Human Behavior, the authors uncover both the phonological and semantic regularity underlying the Internal Vowel Alternation systems for both nouns and verbs usually referred to as "irregular."”
“The unique scientific contribution of this study is the discovery and use in such a rigorous and intensive way of phonetic backing in the irregular verbs and fronting in the irregular nouns of both Old and Modern English, and for the irregular verbs the setting up of Common Semantic Denominators which match phonetically defined sub-groups.”
“An integral investigation of the phonological and semantic systems in plural nouns and past tense verbs in English [...]. This research combines diachronic and synchronic analyses, comparing and contrasting the extensive and productive IVA systems of Old English with the quantitatively more limited Modern English systems.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFH – Phonetics, phonology
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013015232 | Marc record