English Historical Syntax and Morphology

English Historical Syntax and Morphology : Selected papers from 11 ICEHL, Santiago de Compostela, 7-11 September 2000. Volume 1

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This volume offers a selection of papers from the Eleventh International Conference on English Historical Linguistics held at the University of Santiago de Compostela. From the rich programme (over 130 papers were given during the conference), the present twelve papers were carefully selected to reflect the state of current research in the fields of English historical syntax and morphology. Some of the issues discussed are the emergence of viewpoint adverbials in English and German, changes in noun phrase structure from 1650 to the present, the development of the progressive in Scots, the passivization of composite predicates, the loss of V2 and its effects on the information structure of English, the acquisition of modal syntax and semantics by the English verb WANT, or the use of temporal adverbs as attributive adjectives in the Early Modern period. Many of the articles tackle questions of change through the use of methodological tools like computerized corpora. The theoretical frameworks adopted include, among others, grammaticalization theory, Dik's model of functional grammar, construction grammar and Government & Binding Theory.show more

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  • Hardback | 297 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 19.05mm | 520g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 158811192X
  • 9781588111920

Table of contents

1. Addresses; 2. Acknowledgements; 3. Introduction (by Fanego, Teresa); 4. Two types of passivization of 'V+NP+P' constructions in relation to idiomatization (by Akimoto, Minoji); 5. On the development of a friend of mine (by Allen, Cynthia L.); 6. Historical shifts in modification patterns with complex noun phrase structures: How long can you go without a verb? (by Biber, Douglas); 7. Grammaticalization versus lexicalization reconsidered: On the late use of temporal adverbs (by Brinton, Laurel J.); 8. The derivation of ornative, locative, ablative, privative and reversative verbs in English: A historical sketch (by Kastovsky, Dieter); 9. From gold-gifa to chimney sweep?: Morphological (un)markedness of Modern English agent nouns in a diachronic perspective (by Kornexl, Lucia); 10. A path to volitional modality (by Krug, Manfred G.); 11. Is it, stylewise or otherwise, wise to use -wise?: Domain adverbials and the history of English -wise (by Lenker, Ursula); 12. The loss of the indefinite pronoun man: Syntactic change and information structure (by Los, Bettelou); 13. The progressive in Older Scots (by Meurman-Solin, Anneli); 14. Detransitivization in the history of English from a semantic perspective (by Mohlig, Ruth); 15. Morphology recycled: The Principle of Rhythmic Alternation at work in Early and Late Modern English grammatical variation (by Schluter, Julia); 16. Name index; 17. Subject indexshow more