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Title: Composite Predicates in Middle English
Written By: Teresa Moralejo Garate
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in English Linguistics 02
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The present study addresses the need for an account of the linguistic and extralinguistic peculiarities of composite predicates (such as He told me to HAVE a LOOK at the report), formed with don, haven, maken, taken and yeven in the Middle English period, on the basis of the evidence provided by the Helsinki Corpus of English Texts, Diachronic and Dialectal.
This book addresses the need for an account of the linguistic and extraling uistic peculiarities of composite predicates (such as He told me to HAVE a
LOOK at the report), formed with don, haven, maken, taken and yeven in the
Middle English period, on the basis of the evidence provided by the Helsinki Corpus of English Texts, Diachronic and Dialectal.
The volume opens with an introduction covering goals and method. The firt chapter contains a review of previous studies on the topic, a definition of composite predicates and the criteria used to limit them are established. Several issues relevant to the study of CPs, which are dealt with in greater depth later in the study , are introduced. Throughout the subsequent chapters, composite predicates are considered with regard to different linguistic and extralinguistic parameters, including their chronology and origin, their syntact features and patterning, their distribution across different textual types and their association any particular register. A selection of high frequency CPs and their equivalent simple verbs is contrasted to reveal any extralinguistic or linguistic factors that may motivate the choice of one of the two structures.The book closes with a recapitulation of the main conclusions reached.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English, Middle
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895868531
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 200
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