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LINGUIST List 20.74

Thu Jan 08 2009

Books: Historical Linguistics/Syntax: Toyota

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        1.    Shereen Muhyeddeen, Diachronic Change in the English Passive: Toyota


Message 1: Diachronic Change in the English Passive: Toyota
Date: 23-Dec-2008
From: Shereen Muhyeddeen <s.muhyeddeenpalgrave.com>
Subject: Diachronic Change in the English Passive: Toyota
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Title: Diachronic Change in the English Passive
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Language History and Language Change
Published: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
                http://www.palgrave.com

Book URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=280612

Author: Junichi Toyota
Hardback: ISBN: 9780230553453 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 55.00
Abstract:

Junichi Toyota presents a coherent historical development of the passive
voice in English. Unique to this study is the use of continuum in the
historical framework, and an examination of various constructions relating
to the passive voice, demonstrating an intricate relationship among
different constructions and functions over periods of time. Historical
changes often leave some evidence of earlier constructions or functions,
which can be identified in terms of gradience. This type of analysis has
been neglected, and the voice continuum reveals that there are a number of
cases of gradience. Furthermore detailed morphosemantic analysis reveals
that not all previous work on the origin of some constructions, such as the
get-passive, may be accurate, and some radical claims have been made
concerning such constructions. The author explains complex details
schematically, making this an accessible read for researchers and students
of language history and language change.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=38879


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