This book discusses the removal of i-umlaut alternations from the inflectional system of Middle English. After presenting the scope and nature of the process in Germanic languages, it offers a detailed investigation into its lexicalisation in main dialects of Middle English. The observed developments are viewed as an interplay of four main factors: the degree of optimal patterning, type frequency, language contact and paradigmatic pressure.
The Author: Marcin Krygier is Assistant Professor at the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. In 1993 he received his Ph.D. In 1996 he spent 10 months at the University of California, Los Angeles, as a Senior Fulbright Scholar.
Peter Lang GmbH
Date of Publication
University of Bamberg Studies in English Linguistics