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Fri Dec 20 2002

Books: Historical Ling/Syntax: Linda van Bergen

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  1. jleppig, Pronouns & Word Order in Old English: Linda van Bergen

Message 1: Pronouns & Word Order in Old English: Linda van Bergen

Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 14:43:38 +0000
From: jleppig <>
Subject: Pronouns & Word Order in Old English: Linda van Bergen

Title: Pronouns & Word Order in Old English
Subtitle: With Particular Reference to the Indefinite Pronoun "Man"
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)		 
Author: Linda van Bergen, York University, UK 
Hardback: ISBN: 041594161x, Pages: 234, Price: $75.00


This book offers a comprehensive study of the behavior of "man" in Old
English with an emphasis on word order, especially the aspects in
which the behavior of personal pronoun subjects deviates from that of
nominal subjects. Linda van Bergen demonstrates that the resemblance
to the nominal pattern of behavior is superficial only, and that "man"
should not be grouped with nominals in any environment. Arguing that
the best way of dealing with the apparent contradiction is found in an
analysis of 'pronomials' (including "man") as clitics, van Bergen
shows that there are indications that the classification of certain
other types of pronoun as 'nominal' is unsafe. This book provides
evidence that some of the constructions found in the course of data
collection on "man" lead to further insights into the behavior of
pronomial subjects, verb placement, and clause structure.


Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (Language code: ENG)
Areal Regions: Western Europe

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)
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