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Why do we pronounce the vowel in boot and foot differently? Or the noun wind differently from the verb wind? This book looks at the historical basis of such changes and why sometimes the most frequent words change first and sometimes the least frequent. Betty S. Phillips combines findings from linguistics, sociology, and psychology to create an understanding of how change occurs in people's pronunciation of their language and how it spreads from word to word in each speaker's own lexicon, from speaker to speaker in their community, and from one dialect area to another.


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Why do we pronounce the vowel in boot and foot differently? Or the noun wind differently from the verb wind? This book looks at the historical basis of such changes and why sometimes the most frequent words change first and sometimes the least frequent. Betty S. Phillips combines findings from linguistics, sociology, and psychology to create an understanding of how change occurs in people's pronunciation of their language and how it spreads from word to word in each speaker's own lexicon, from speaker to speaker in their community, and from one dialect area to another.


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BETTY S. PHILLIPS is a Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at Indiana State University, USA. Her articles on the lexical diffusion of sound change have appeared in American Speech, Journal of English Linguistics, Language, Linguistics and Word.