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||ENS 207 G
Assignment 4 - Mid-term assignment.
Due date: Monday 7 March, before class.
- Remind yourself of the
on the dialectal areas in the British Isles
OR (better) go through the 6th week video again (16 February), where this slide is
The slide deals with 5 variables, as follows:
- NG Coalescence
(to this we can add goat-Diphthonging,
which is essentially the same. Both and
goat-Diphthonging can be put together under one name:
Long Mid Diphthonging.
For each area, work out which variables show the newer
form, and which the older (original). For instance, NG Coalescence is a historical
process, so it is an OLDER form where it has NOT occuured (where it is
NEGATIVE), and it is an INNOVATION where it HAS occurred (where it is
- On the basis of your findings, say which area has the
greatest number of innovations, which are intermediate, and finally which areas show the fewest innovations.
- Why do you thnk this is?
- Now add three more variables that we have considered
so far (take Britain
only, not Ireland).
- bath-trap Split
- Diphthong Shift
How do these variable fit into the picture? - remember
that it is only possible to map out these 9 areas by simplifying
the picture considerably. If you check in the
Variable page you will see that the
actual situation is far more complicated and fragmented than the