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Trisyllabic shortening in English: past and present

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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...

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10.1017/S1360674399000234

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
Linguistics Philology and Phonetics Faculty
Oxford college:
Somerville College
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Institution:
University of Konstanz
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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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Fikkert, P
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Max-Planck-Forschungspreis
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Lahiri, A
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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English Language and Linguistics More from this journal
Volume:
3
Issue:
2
Pages:
229-267
Publication date:
1999-11-01
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1469-4379
ISSN:
1360-6743
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English
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2009-01-09

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