Linguistics and English Language

Historical phonology reading group archive

A list of readings from previous years

Current and recent readings are listed on the HPhRG homepage.


21st May 2015, 1.10-2pm, room 4.01: Hay, Jennifer, Pierrehumbert, Janet, Walker, Abby & LaShell, Patrick (2015) 'Tracking word frequency effects through 130 years of sound change.' Cognition 139, 83-91.

16th April 2015, 1.10-2pm, room 4.01: Vennemann, Theo (2000) 'From quality to syllable cuts: on so-called lengthening in the Germanic languages.' Rivista di Linguistica 12, 251-282.

19th March 2015, 1.10-2pm, room 1.20: Anderson, John (2014) 'Graphophonology and anachronic phonology.' Folia Linguistica Historica 35, 1-53. [A joint meeting with the English Language Research Group.]

19th February 2015, 1.10-2pm, room 4.01: Buckley, Eugene (2009) 'Phonetics and phonology in Gallo-Romance palatalisation.' Transactions of the Philological Society 107, 31-65.

26th January 2015, 1.10-2pm, room 4.01: Oxford, Will (2015 - to appear) 'Patterns of contrast in phonological change: Evidence from Algonquian vowel systems.' Language 91.

4th December 2014, 2.10-3pm, room 4.01: Wedel, Andrew, Jackson, Scott & Kaplan, Abby (2013) 'Functional Load and the Lexicon: Evidence that Syntactic Category and Frequency Relationships in Minimal Lemma Pairs Predict the Loss of Phoneme contrasts in Language Change.' Language and Speech 56, 395-417.

20th November 2014, 2.10-3pm, room 4.01: Hinskens, Frans, Hermans, Ben & van Oostendorp, Marc (2014) 'Grammar or lexicon. Or: Grammar and lexicon? Rule-based and usage-based approaches to phonological variation.' Lingua 142, 1-26.

6th November 2014, 2.10-3pm, room 4.01: Round, Erich (2011) 'Function word erosion which is not a frequency effect: On exemplars and prosodic paradigm levelling.' Lingua 121, 287–301.

23rd October 2014, 2.10-3pm, room 4.01: Hill, Nathan (2014) 'Grammatically Conditioned Sound Change.' Language and Linguistics Compass 8, 211–229.

2nd October 2014, 2.10-3pm, room 4.01: Stevens, Mary & Harrington, Jonathan (2014) 'The individual and the actuation of sound change.' Loquens 1.


5th May 2014, 1.10-2pm, room 1.17: Steblin-Kamenskij, Mikail Ivanovits (1974) 'The Scandinavian Consonant Shift.' Arkiv för nordisk filologi 89, 1-29.

31st March 2014, 1.10-2pm, room 1.17: Joseph, Brian (2012) 'Lexical Diffusion and the Regular Transmission of Language Change in its Sociohistorical Context.' In Hernandez-Campoy, J.M. & Conde-Silvestre, J.C. (eds.) The Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 408-426.

17th March 2014, 1.10-2pm, room 1.17: Hickey, Raymond (2012) 'Internally- and Externally-Motivated Language Change.' In Hernandez-Campoy, J.M. & Conde-Silvestre, J.C. (eds.) The Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 387-407.

3rd February 2014, 1.10-2pm, room 1.17: Kiparsky, Paul (to appear) 'New perspectives in historical linguistics.' In Bowern, C. & Evans, B. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics. London: Routledge.

9th December 2013, 1.10-2pm, room 1.17: Stiles, Patrick (2012) 'Older Runic evidence for North‐West Germanic a‐umlaut of u (and ‘the converse of Polivanov's Law’).' In Probert, P. & Willi, A. (eds.) Laws and Rules in Indo‐European. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

25th November 2013, 1.10-2pm, room 1.17: Bermúdez-Otero, Ricardo (2011) Expanded version of section 2 of: Bermúdez-Otero, Ricardo & Graeme Trousdale (2012). 'Cycles and continua: on unidirectionality and gradualness in language change'. In Nevalainen, T. & Traugott, E. (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the History of English. New York: Oxford University Press.

4th November 2013, 1.10-2pm, room 1.17: Kiparsky, Paul (to appear) 'Phonologization.' In Honeybone, P. & Salmons, J. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Historical Phonology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

21st October 2013, 1.10-2pm, room 1.17: Schrijver, P.C.H. (2011) 'The High German consonant shift and language contact.' In Hasselblatt, C. Houtzagers, P. & van Pareren, R. (eds.) Language Contact in Times of Globalization. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

7th October 2013, 1.10-2pm, room 1.17: Hualde, Jose (2013) 'Intervocalic lenition and word-boundary effects: Evidence from Judeo-Spanish.' Diachronica 30, 232–266.

23rd September 2013, 1.10-2pm, room 1.17: Blust, Robert (2012) 'Primary split revisited.' Diachronica 29, 129–138.


3rd June 2013, 12.10-1pm, room 1.17: Mortensen, David (2012) 'The emergence of obstruents after high vowels.' Diachronica 29, 434-470.

13th May 2013, 12.10-1.00pm, room 1.17, DSB: Nycz, Jennifer (to appear) 'Changing words or changing rules? Second dialect acquisition and phonological representation'. To appear in The Journal of Pragmatics.

15th April, 2.10-3.00pm, room 1.01, DSB: Bermúdez-Otero, Ricardo (to appear) 'Amphichronic explanation and the life cycle of phonological processes.' In Honeybone, P. & Salmons, J. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Historical Phonology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

25th March, 12.10-1.00pm, room 4.01, DSB: Hyman, Larry (2011) 'Enlarging the scope of phonologization.' In Yu, A. (ed.) Origins of Sound Change: Approaches to Phonologization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

11th March 2013, 12.10-1.00pm, room 4.01, DSB: Iverson, Gregory & Salmons, Joseph (2012) 'Paradigm Resolution in the Life Cycle of Norse Umlaut.' Journal of Germanic Linguistics 24, 101-131.

25th February 2013, 12.10-1.00pm, room 4.01, DSB: Brunelle, Marc & Pittayaporn, Pittayawat (2012) 'Phonologically-constrained change: the role of the foot in monosyllabization and rhythmic shifts in Mainland Southeast Asia.' Diachronica 29, 411-433.

11th February 2013, 12noon, room 4.01, DSB: Stausland Johnsen, Sverre (2012) 'A diachronic account of phonological unnaturalness.' Phonology 29, 505 - 531.

3rd December 2012, 12noon, room 1.17, DSB: Ramsammy, Michael (to appear) 'The life cycle of phonological processes: accounting for dialectal microtypologies.' Language and Linguistics Compass.

15th October 2012, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Güldemann, Tom & Stoneking, Mark (2008) 'A Historical Appraisal of Clicks: A Linguistic and Genetic Population Perspective.' Annual Review of Anthropology 37, 93-109.

1st October 2012, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Simon, Ellen (2011) 'Laryngeal stop systems in contact: connecting present-day acquisition findings and historical contact hypotheses'. Diachronica 28, 225–254.


23rd April 2012, 12 noon, room 1.17, DSB: Garrett, Andrew & Johnson, Keith (to appear) 'Phonetic bias in sound change.' In Yu, A. (ed.) Origins of Sound Change: Approaches to Phonologization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

12th March 2012, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Recasens, Daniel (2011) 'Velar and dental stop consonant softening in Romance.' Diachronica 28, 186–224.

20th February 2012, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Boersma, Paul & Hamann, Silke (2008) 'The evolution of auditory dispersion in bidirectional constraint grammars.' Phonology 25, 217–270.

30th January 2012, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Labov, William (2007) 'Transmission and diffusion'. Language 83, 344-387. [A second read-through, jointly with the Sociolinguistics Reading Group and LEC]

12th December 2011, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Kingston, John (2008) 'Lenition'. In Colantoni, L. & Steele, J. (eds.) Selected Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonology. Somerville: Cascadilla Proceedings Project, 1-31.

28th November 2011, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Steriade, Donca (2001/2009) 'The phonology of perceptibility effects: the P-map and its consequences for constraint organization'. In Hanson, K. & Inkelas, S. (eds.) The nature of the word: Studies in honor of Paul Kiparsky. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

14th November 2011, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Gess, Randall (2009) 'Reductive sound change and the perception/production interface'. Canadian Journal of Linguistics 54, 229-253.

3rd October 2011, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Minkova, Donka (2011) 'Phonemically contrastive fricatives in Old English?'. English Language and Linguistics 15, 31–59.


4th May 2011, 2pm, room 1.01, DSB: Hualde, Jose (submitted) 'Sound change'. Manuscript, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

21st Mar 2011, 1pm, room 1.01, DSB: Marton Soskuthy will present a discussion of simulations, frequency and word-specific effects, after which we'll carry on discussing Pierrehumbert (2002).

28th Feb 2011, 1pm, room 1.01, DSB: Pierrehumbert, Janet (2002) 'Word-specific phonetics'. Laboratory Phonology VII. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

7th Feb 2011, 1pm, room 1.01, DSB: Wedel, Andrew (2006) 'Exemplar models, evolution and language change'. The Linguistic Review 23, 247-274.

24th Jan 2011, 1pm, room 1.01, DSB: Blevins, Juliette & Wedel, Andrew (2009) 'Inhibited sound change: An evolutionary approach to lexical competition'. Diachronica 26, 143-183.

6th Dec 2010, 1pm, room 1.01, DSB: Boberg, Charles (2009) 'The emergence of a new phoneme: Foreign (a) in Canadian English'. Language Variation and Change 21, 355–380.

8th Nov 2010, 1pm, room 1.01, DSB: Hamann, Silke (2009) 'The learner of a perception grammar as a source of sound change'. In Boersma, P. & Hamann, S. (eds.) Phonology in Perception. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

11th Oct 2010, 1pm, room 1.01, DSB: Albright, Adam (2008) 'Explaining Universal Tendencies and Language Particulars in Analogical Change'. In Good, J. (ed.) Linguistic Universals and Language Change. Oxford: OUP.


6th Jul 2010, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Andersen, Henning (1973) 'Abductive and Deductive Change'. Language 49, 765-793. ...AND - if you're really keen - a much later reply to some of its claims... Deutscher, Guy (2002) 'On the Misuse of the Notion of 'Abduction' in Linguistics'. Journal of Linguistics 38, 469-485.

19th Apr 2010, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: De Schryver, Johan, Neijt, Anneke, Ghesquiere, Pol & Ernestus, Mirjam (2008) 'Analogy, Frequency, and Sound Change: the Case of Dutch Devoicing'. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 20, 159–195.

15th Mar 2010, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Joseph, Brian (2006) 'On Projecting Variation Back into a Proto-Language, with Particular Attention to Germanic Evidence'. In Cravens, T. (ed.) Variation and Reconstruction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 103-118.

1st Mar 2010, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Smith, Bridget (2007) 'Dental fricatives and stops in Germanic: deriving diachronic processes from synchronic variation'. To appear in the proceedings of the 2007 ICHL.

11th Dec 2009, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Maddieson, Ian (2009) 'Phonology, naturalness and universals'. Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics 45, 131–140.

30th Nov 2009, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Buckley, Eugene (2000) 'On the naturalness of unnatural rules'. UCSB Working Papers in Linguistics 9. ...AND - if you're really keen... Buckley, Eugene (2003) 'Children's unnatural phonology'. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 29, 523-534.

16th Nov 2009, 1pm, room 1.01, DSB: Scheer, Tobias (2009) 'Crazy rules, Regularity and naturalness in diachronic and synchronic segmental and syllabic phonology'. Ms: University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and CNRS.

2nd Nov 2009, 1pm, room 1.01, DSB: de Lacy, Paul & Kingston, John (2006) 'Synchronic explanation'. Ms: Rutgers University and University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

24th Sep 2009, 4pm, room 1.17, DSB: Hansson, Gunnar Ólafur (2008) 'Diachronic Explanations of Sound Patterns'. Language and Linguistics Compass 2/5: 859–893.


1st May 2009, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Kerswill, Paul (1996) 'Children, adolescents and language change'. Language Variation and Change 8: 177-202.

6th Mar 2009, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Hall, Nancy (2007) 'R-Dissimilation in English'. Ms, California State University, Long Beach.

20th Feb 2009, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Moreton, Elliott (2008) 'Analytic bias and phonological typology'. Phonology 25, 83-127.

30th Jan 2009, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Blust, Robert (2005) 'Must sound change be linguistically motivated?' Diachronica 22, 219-69.

12th Dec 2008, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Boersma, Paul (2003) 'The odds of eternal optimization in Optimality Theory'. In Holt, D. Eric (ed.) Optimality Theory and Language Change. Dordrecht: Kluwer. 31-65.

14th Nov 2008, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Bauer, Laurie (2008) 'Lenition revisited'. Journal of Linguistics 44, 605-624.

24th Oct 2008, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Moreton, Elliott & Thomas, Erik R. (2007) 'Origins of Canadian Raising in voiceless-coda effects: a case study in phonologization'. In Cole, J. & Hualde, J. (eds.) Laboratory Phonology 9. Berlin: Mouton. 37-64.

10th Oct 2008, 1pm, room 1.17, DSB: Janda, Richard D. & Joseph, Brian D. (2003) 'Reconsidering the canons of sound change: towards a Big Bang Theory'. In Blake, B. and Burridge, K. (eds.) Historical Linguistics 2001. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 205-219.


7th Mar 2008, 1pm, room 1.01, 14 BP: Chambers, Jack (1992) 'Dialect Acquisition'. Language 68: 673-705

22nd Feb 2008, 1pm, room 1.01, 14 BP: Labov, William (2007) 'Transmission and diffusion'. Language 83, 344-387.

18th Jan 2008, 1pm, room 1.01, 14 BP: Sankoff, G. & Blondeau, H. (2007) 'Language change across the lifespan: /r/ in Montreal French'. Language 83, 560-588.

7th Dec 2007, 2.30pm, room 1.01, 14 BP: Ohala, J. J. (1992) 'What's cognitive, what's not, in sound change'. In Kellermann, G. & Morrissey, M. (eds.) Diachrony within Synchrony: Language History and Cognition. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 309-355.

23rd Nov 2007, 1pm, room 1.01, 14 BP: Lehmann, Winfred (1999) 'The structural approach of Jacob Grimm and his contemporaries'. Journal of Indo-European Studies 27, 1-13. ...AND... Stankiewicz, Edward (1987) 'Baudouin de Courtenay: pioneer in diachronic linguistics'. In Aarsleff, H., Kelly, L. & Niederehe, H.-J. (eds) Papers in the History of Linguistics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 539-549.

19th Oct 2007, 1pm, room 1.01, 14 BP: Blevins, Juliette (2006) 'New perspectives on English sound patterns: "unnatural" and "natural" in Evolutionary Phonology'. Journal of English Linguistics 34, 6-25.

5th Oct 2007, 1pm, room 1.01, 14BP: Minkova, Donka & Stockwell, Robert (2003) 'English vowel shifts and "optimal" diphthongs: is there a logical link?' In: Holt, D. Eric (ed) Optimality Theory and Language Change. Dordrecht: Kluwer.


18th May 2007, 1pm, room 1.01, 14BP: Phillips, Betty (1998) 'Lexical diffusion is not lexical analogy'. Word 49, 369-380. ...AND...Krishnamurti, Bh. (1998) 'Regularity of sound change through lexical diffusion. A study of s > h > Ø in Gondi Dialects.' Language Variation and Change 10, 193-220.

2nd Mar 2007, 1pm, room 1.01, 14BP: Page, B. Richard (2006) 'The diachrony and synchrony of vowel quantity in English and Dutch.' Diachronica 23, 61-104.

9th Feb 2007, 1pm, room 1.01, 14BP: Foulkes, Paul & Docherty, Gerard (2006) 'The social life of phonetics and phonology'. Journal of Phonetics 34, 409-438. ...AND... Labov, William (2006) 'A sociolinguistic perspective on sociophonetic research'. Journal of Phonetics 34, 500-515. ...AND (if you can make it through all three)... Pierrehumbert, Janet (2006) 'The next toolkit'. Journal of Phonetics 34, 516-530.

1st Dec 2006, 1pm, room 1.01, 14BP: Iverson, Gregory & Salmons, Joseph (2003) 'The ingenerate motivation of sound change'. In Hickey, R. (ed.) Motives for Language Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 199-212. ...AND... Iverson, Gregory & Salmons, Joseph (2005) 'Filling the gap: English tense vowel plus final /S/'. Journal of English Linguistics 33, 1-15.

10th Nov 2006, 1pm, room 1.01, 14BP: Anttila, Arto (2002) 'Variation and Phonological Theory'. In Chambers, J., Trudgill, P. & Schilling-Estes, N. (eds.), Handbook of Language Variation and Change. Oxford & Malden, MA: Blackwell. ...AND... Anttila, Arto & Cho, Young-mee Yu (1998) 'Variation and Change in Optimality Theory'. Lingua 104, 31-56.

20th Oct 2006, 1pm, room 1.01, 14BP: Scheer, Tobias (2004) 'How minimal is phonological change?' Folia Linguistica Historica 25, 69-114.

6th Oct 2006, 1pm, room 1.01, 14BP: Bybee, Joan (2002) 'Word frequency and context of use in the lexical diffusion of phonetically conditioned sound change'. Language Variation and Change 14, 261-290. ...AND... sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 of... Bybee, Joan (2003) 'Mechanisms of change as universals of language'. In Mairal, R. & Gil, J. (eds.) En Torno a Los Universales Linguisticos. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 245-263.


23rd Jun 2006, 3pm, room 1.01, 14BP: Haspelmath, Martin (2006) 'Against markedness (and what to replace it with)'. Journal of Linguistics 42, 25-70.

5th May 2006, 1pm, room 1.24, 14BP: Kiparsky, Paul (2004) Universals constrain change, change results in typological generalizations. Ms, Stanford University.

17 Mar 2006, 3pm, room 1.24, 14BP: Bermudez-Otero, Ricardo (forthcoming 2006) 'Diachronic phonology'. In de Lacy, P. (ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology. Cambridge: CUP. ...AND... Bermudez-Otero, Ricardo (2006) 'Phonological change in Optimality Theory'. In Brown, K. (ed.), Encyclopedia of language and linguistics, 2nd edn, vol. 9, 497-505. Oxford: Elsevier.

3 Mar 2006, 1pm, room 1.01, 14BP: Blevins, Juliette (2004) Evolutionary Phonology. CUP. Chapters 9 and 10.

16 Feb 2006, 2pm, room 1.24, 14BP: Blevins, Juliette (2004) Evolutionary Phonology. CUP. Chapters 4 and 8.

25 Jan 2006, 4pm, room 1.02, 14BP: Blevins, Juliette (2004) Evolutionary Phonology. CUP. Chapters 1 and 3.

7 Dec 2005, 4pm, room 1.02, 14BP: Hale, Mark (2003) 'Neogrammarian Sound Change' In Joseph, B. & Janda, R. (eds) 'The Handbook of Historical Linguistics'. Oxford & Malden, MA: Blackwell.

23 Nov 2005, 4pm, room 1.02, 14BP: Kiparsky, Paul (1995/2003) 'The Phonological Basis of Sound Change' In Joseph, B. & Janda, R. (eds) 'The Handbook of Historical Linguistics'. Oxford & Malden, MA: Blackwell.

19 Oct 2005, 4pm, room 1.02, 14BP: Janda, Richard (2003) '"Phonologization" as the Start of Dephoneticization - Or, On Sound Change and its Aftermath: Of Extension, Generalization, Lexicalization, and Morphologization.' In Joseph, B. & Janda, R. (eds) 'The Handbook of Historical Linguistics'. Oxford & Malden, MA: Blackwell.