Trisyllabic shortening in English: past and present
Trisyllabic shortening or TSS is one of the most controversial processes in the history of English. Time after time, claims have been made about quantity variations, attributing them either to trisyllabic shortening, closed syllable shortening, or other mechanisms. Our examination of the nature of TSS in the history of English leads us to conclude that it differs from closed syllable shortening, which is syllable based, and that the preference for a maximal foot has remained the underlying in...Expand abstract
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Citation: Lahiri, A. & Fikkert, P. (1999). 'Trisyllabic shortening in English: past and present', English Language and Linguistics, 3(2), 229-267. [Available at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=ELL].
N.B. Professor Lahiri was based at the University of Konstanz when this article was published in English Language and Linguistics.
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