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LINGUIST List 20.1602

Sun Apr 26 2009

Books: Syntax/Historical Ling: Warner

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        1.    Daniel Davies, English Auxiliaries: Warner

Message 1: English Auxiliaries: Warner
Date: 23-Apr-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: English Auxiliaries: Warner
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Title: English Auxiliaries
Subtitle: Structure and History
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 66
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Anthony R. Warner
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521103213 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 15.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521103213 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 29.99
Abstract:

Auxiliaries are one of the most complex areas of English syntax.
Disagreement over both the principles and details of their grammar has been
substantial. Anthony Warner here offers a detailed account of both their
synchronic and diachronic properties. He first argues that lexical
properties are central to their grammar, which is relatively non-abstract.
He then traces in detail the history of processes of grammaticalisation in
their development and claims most notably that we can identify a group of
auxiliaries in English from an early period on formal, not just semantic,
grounds. This book meets the dual challenge of accounting for both the
grammar and the history of the English auxiliary. It will be essential
reading for all those interested in English syntax and its history.

Preface;
1. Basic properties of English auxiliaries;
2. The morphosyntactic independence of auxiliaries;
3. A formal interlude: the grammar of English auxiliaries;
4. Distinguishing auxiliaries and verbs in early English;
5. Identifying an 'auxiliary group' before Modern English sentence-level
syntax;
6. Identifying an 'auxiliary group' before Modern English: further
properties of 'modals';
7. The developing modal semantics of early English 'modals';
8. The status of modals and auxiliaries before Modern English and the rise
of do;
9. Conclusions;
Notes;
References;
Indexes.


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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