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Title: Reciprocity in English
Subtitle: Historical Development and Synchronic Structure
Written By: Florian Haas
Series Title: Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics

Although the grammatical expression of reciprocal (or ‘mutual’) situations
in the languages of the world has received a surprising amount of attention
in recent years, so far no comprehensive study specifically dealing with
the historical development and synchronic structure of English reciprocal
constructions has been published. This book takes into consideration
insights from the three major research projects on reciprocity in the
languages of the world as well as the rich literature on more specific
aspects of reciprocity. Assuming a usage-based model of grammar, the
development of the reciprocal strategies used in present-day English is
described, with special attention paid to the periods following Middle
English, where today’s system began to take shape. The means of expressing
reciprocity in today’s English (e.g. the expressions each other and one
another) are then analyzed as a system of competing constructions, the
make-up and distribution of which can be related both to their history and
subtle distinctions in meaning and use associated with the different
constructions. Quantitative data from corpora of natural language provides
evidence for the analyses put forward. Wherever possible, claims on the
expression of reciprocity in present-day English are checked against what
is known about the grammar of reciprocity in other languages.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
English, Middle
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Format: Electronic
ISBN: 0203858174
ISBN-13: 9780203858172
Pages: 178
Prices: U.K. £ 80.00
U.S. $ 120.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780415804356
Pages: 178
Prices: U.K. £ 80.00
U.S. $ 120.00