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Title: Diachronic Change in the English Passive
Written By: Junichi Toyota
URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=280612
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Language History and Language Change
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0230553451
ISBN-13: 9780230553453
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00