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Title: From Simple Verbs to Periphrastic Expressions
Subtitle: The Historical Development of Composite Predicates, Phrasal Verbs, and Related Constructions in English
Written By: Meiko Matsumoto
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 81

English offers verbal expressions in two basic forms: simple verbs such as
walk and look, and periphrastic expressions such as have/take a walk and
have/take a look. Which do we use, why, and how do particular usages arise
or disappear? This volume explores the historical development of two
important periphrastic verbal constructions, composite predicates and
phrasal verbs, as well as related expressions, from the viewpoint of
English historical linguistics. The approach is descriptive and
interpretive, encompassing rich and varied data from Old English, Middle
English, Early Modern English, Late Modern English, and Present Day
English, from sources such as the Chadwyck-Healey electronic corpus
databases. The history of English is characterized by the development from
synthetic to analytic. The role of this tendency in the development of
verbal expressions is of particular interest.


Composite predicates - Phrasal verbs - The historical development of
have/take a look - The verbs 'have' and 'take' in composite predicates and
phrasal verbs - Composite predicates with body nouns - The origin of used
to - The verbs meaning 'happen' - The verbs have and be.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3039116754
ISBN-13: 9783039116751
Pages: 231
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