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Title: Generative Theory and Corpus Studies
Edited By: Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero
† Richard M. Hogg
Christopher B. McCully
David Denison
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics 31

This volume focuses on the present state of English historical linguistics as a unitary discipline. In particular, the selection of papers challenges the idea that the community of linguists working on the history of English stands united merely by subject matter, but divided by method and theoretical outlook. The volume emphasizes the way in which scholars in our community are led to refine and further articulate their empirical proposals by challenges from different research paradigms. Thus, a running thematic thread of the volume is the dialogue between generative grammatical theory and corpus studies, including those in sociolinguistic tradition. The volume is divided in four main sections: syntax, phonology, text types, sociolinguistics and dialectology.

On the history of relative 'that'
Aimo Seppänen

The complementation of verbs of appearance by adverbs
Nikolas Gisborne

On the use of current intuition as a bias in historical linguistics: The case of the LOOK + -ly construction in English
Kristin Killie

The indefinite pronoun 'man': "nominal" or "pronominal"?
Linda van Bergen

1.2 Form and function

Coordinate deletion, directionality and underlying structure in Old
Rodrigo Pérez Lorido

The position of the adjective in Old English
Olga Fischer

On the history of the s-genitive
Anette Rosenbach, Dieter Stein and Letizia Vezzosi

The passive as an object foregrounding device in early Modern English
Elena Seoane Posse

Reinforcing adjectives: A cognitive semantic perspective on grammaticalisation
Carita Paradis

2. Text types

Variation and change: Text types and the modelling of syntactic change
Wim van der Wurff

The progressive form and genre variation during the nineteenth century
Erik Smitterberg

The conjunction 'and' in early Modern English: Frequencies and uses in speech-related writing and other texts
Jonathan Culpeper and Merja Kytö

3. Sociolinguistics and dialectology

Processes of supralocalisation and the rise of Standard English in the early Modern period
Terttu Nevalainen

The rise and fall of periphrastic DO in early Modern English, or "Howe the Scots will declare themselv's"
Arja Nurmi

Grammatical description and language use in the seventeenth century
Lilo Moessner

Geographical, socio-spatial and systemic distance in the spread of the relative "who" in Scots
Anneli Meurman-Solin

Inversion in embedded questions in some regional varieties of English
Markku Filppula

Putting words in their place: An approach to Middle English word geography
Merja Black

4. Phonology

HappY-tensing: A recent innovation?
Joan Beal

Syllable ONSET in the history of English
Donka Minkova

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Subject index


Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110166879
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 559 p
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