LINGUIST List 10.905

Mon Jun 14 1999

Books: Historical Syntax

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Composite Predicates in the History of English

Message 1: Composite Predicates in the History of English

Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 12:10:14 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Composite Predicates in the History of English

John Benjamins Publishing announces the following work: 

Collocational and Idiomatic Aspects of Composite Predicates in the History
of English.
Studies in Language Companion Series 47
US & Canada: 1 55619 933 3 / USD 89.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3050 1 / NLG 178.00 (Hardcover)

The focus of this carefully selected volume concerns the existence,
frequency, and form of composite/complex predicates (the "take a look"
construction) in earlier periods of the English language, an area of
scholarship which has been virtually neglected. The various
contributions seek to understand the collocational and idiomatic
aspects of these structures, as well as of related structures such as
complex prepositions (e.g., "on account of") and phrasal verbs (e.g.,
"look up"), in their earliest manifestations. Moreover, study of these
constructions at the individual stages of English leads to diachronic
questions concerning their development, raising issues pertaining to
grammaticalization, lexicalization, and idiomaticization-processes
which are not always clearly differentiated nor fully understood.

Contributions by: Laurel J. Brinton and Minoji Akimoto; Meiko
Matsumoto; Risto Hiltunen; Merja Kyt\248; Elizabeth Closs Traugott.

			John Benjamins Publishing Co. 
Offices:	Philadelphia			Amsterdam:
Phone:		+215 836-1200			+31 20 6762325
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