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Recent research has identified characteristic differences between the phonetic structures of names and of ordinary nouns, with particularly distinctive patterns being exhibited by feminine personal names. No explanation has yet been found. This paper suggests that the solution lies not in the English sound system, as has previously been assumed, but in differences between the linguistic origins of the various types of material.
|Glasgow Author(s):||Hough, Prof Carole|
|College/School:||College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language|
|Journal Name:||Journal of Linguistics|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Published Online:||8 September 2000|