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Title: Relativization in Early English (950-1250)
Subtitle: The position of relative clauses
Written By: Cristina Suárez-Gómez
URL: VID=11203
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 49

This book is concerned with the position which relative clauses occupy with
respect to the main clause in the history of English. Relative clauses have
evolved from adjoined clauses placed outside the main clause to clauses
closely attached to the noun they modify inside the main clause. This
process of incorporation took place through a stage of topicalization in
which relative clauses were dislocated to the left of the main clause,
leaving a trace behind in the place where they are generated. This study is
empirically founded, with data from The Helsinki Corpus of English Texts:
Diachronic and Dialectal corresponding to late Old English and early Middle
English. Several variables, of a linguistic and extralinguistic nature, are
analyzed in order to describe the variation in the position of relative
clauses in Early English.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English, Middle
English, Old
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9783039112036
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 149
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