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Title: English Historical Syntax and Morphology
Subtitle: Selected papers from 11 ICEHL, Santiago de Compostela, 7-11 September 2000
Edited By: Teresa Fanego
Javier Pérez-Guerra
María José López-Couso
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 223
Description:

This volume offers a selection of papers from the Eleventh International
Conference on English Historical Linguistics held at the University of
Santiago de Compostela. From the rich programme (over 130 papers were given
during the conference), the present twelve papers were carefully selected
to reflect the state of current research in the fields of English
historical syntax and morphology. Some of the issues discussed are the
emergence of viewpoint adverbials in English and German, changes in noun
phrase structure from 1650 to the present, the development of the
progressive in Scots, the passivization of composite predicates, the loss
of V2 and its effects on the information structure of English, the
acquisition of modal syntax and semantics by the English verb WANT, or the
use of temporal adverbs as attributive adjectives in the Early Modern
period. Many of the articles tackle questions of change through the use of
methodological tools like computerized corpora. The theoretical frameworks
adopted include, among others, grammaticalization theory, Dik’s model of
functional grammar, construction grammar and Government & Binding Theory.


Table of Contents

Introduction

Teresa Fanego 1

Two types of passivization of ‘V+NP+P ’constructions in relation to
idiomatization
Minoji Akimoto 9

On the development of a friend of mine
Cynthia L. Allen 23

Historical shifts in modification patterns with complex noun phrase
structures: How long can you go without a verb?
Douglas Biber and Victoria Clark 43

Grammaticalization versus lexicalization reconsidered: On the late use of
temporal adverbs
Laurel J. Brinton 67

The derivation of ornative,locative,ablative,privative and reversative
verbs in English: A historical sketch
Dieter Kastovsky 99

From gold-gifa to chimney sweep? Morphological (un)markedness of Modern
English agent nouns in a diachronic perspective
Lucia Kornexl 111

A path to volitional modality
Manfred G. Krug 131

Is it, stylewise or otherwise, wise to use -wise? Domain adverbials and the
history of English -wise
Ursula Lenker 157

The loss of the indefinite pronoun man: Syntactic change and information
structure
Bettelou Los 181

The progressive in Older Scots
Anneli Meurman-Solin 203

Detransitivization in the history of English from a semantic perspective
Ruth Möhlig and Monika E. Klages 231

Morphology recycled: The Principle of Rhythmic Alternation at work in Early
and Late Modern English grammatical variation
Julia Schlüter 255

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
English, Middle
English, Old
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