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'
The complementation of verbs of appearance by adverbs
On the use of current intuition as a bias in historical linguistics: The case of the LOOK + -ly construction in English
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
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
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
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
The rise and fall of periphrastic DO in early Modern English, or "Howe the Scots will declare themselv's"
Grammatical description and language use in the seventeenth century
Geographical, socio-spatial and systemic distance in the spread of the relative "who" in Scots
Inversion in embedded questions in some regional varieties of English
Putting words in their place: An approach to Middle English word geography
HappY-tensing: A recent innovation?
Syllable ONSET in the history of English