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Title: English Historical Linguistics 2006
Subtitle: Volume I: Syntax and Morphology. Selected papers from the fourteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 14), Bergamo, 21-25 August 2006
Edited By: Maurizio Gotti
Marina Dossena
Richard Dury
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20295
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 295

Part of the set: Dossena, Marina, Richard Dury and Maurizio Gotti (eds.),
English Historical Linguistics 2006: Volume I: Syntax and Morphology &
Volume II: Lexical and Semantic Change & Volume III: Geo-Historical
Variation in English (3 vols. set). Selected papers from the fourteenth
International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 14),
Bergamo, 21-25 August 2006.

The papers selected for this volume were first presented at the 14th
International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (Bergamo, 2006).
At that important event, alongside studies of phonology, lexis, semantics
and dialectology (presented in two companion volumes in this series), many
innovative contributions focused on syntax and morphology. A carefully
peer-reviewed selection, including one of the plenary lectures, appears
here in print for the first time, bearing witness to the quality of the
scholarly interest in this field of research. In all the contributions,
well-established methods combine with new theoretical approaches in an
attempt to shed more light on phenomena that have hitherto remained
unexplored, or have only just begun to be investigated. State-of-the-art
tools, such as electronic corpora and concordancing software, are employed
consistently, ensuring a methodological homogeneity of the contributions.

Table of contents

Foreword vii–viii

Maurizio Gotti, Marina Dossena and Richard Dury ix–xiv

Part I. Old and Middle English 1

The balance between syntax and discourse in Old English,
Ans van Kemenade, Tanja Milicev and R. Harald Baayen 3–21

The Old English copula weorðan and its replacement in Middle English,
Peter Petré and Hubert Cuyckens 23–48

Verb types and word order in Old and Middle English non-coordinate and
coordinate clauses,
Kristin Bech 49–67

From locative to durative to focalized? The English progressive and 'PROG
imperfective drift',
Kristin Killie 69–88

Gender assignment in Old English,
Letizia Vezzosi 89–108

On the position of the OE quantifier eall and PDE all,
Tomohiro Yanagi 109–124

On the Post-Finite Misagreement phenomenon in Late Middle English,
Richard Ingham and Kleanthes K. Grohmann 125–140

Syntactic dialectal variation in Middle English,
Cristina Suárez-Gómez 141–156

Particles as grammaticalized complex predicates,
Bettelou Los 157–179

Part II. Early and Late Modern English 181

Adverb-marking patterns in Earlier Modern English coordinate constructions,
Amanda V. Pounder 183–201

'Tis he, 'tis she, 'tis me, 'tis – I don't know who … cleft and
identificational constructions in 16th to 18th century English plays,
Claudia Lange and Ursula Schaefer 203–221

Emotion verbs with to-infinitive complements: From specific to general
Thomas Egan 223–240

Subjective progressives in seventeenth and eighteenth century English,
Svenja Kranich 241–256

Index of subjects & terms 257–259

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027248107
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