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Title: Pronouns & Word Order in Old English
Subtitle: With Particular Reference to the Indefinite Pronoun
Written By: Linda van Bergen
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

This book offers a comprehensive study of the behavior of "man" in Old English with an emphasis on word order, especially the aspects in which the behavior of personal pronoun subjects deviates from that of nominal subjects. Linda van Bergen demonstrates that the resemblance to the nominal pattern of behavior is superficial only, and that "man" should not be grouped with nominals in any environment. Arguing that the best way of dealing with the apparent contradiction is found in an analysis of “pronomials” (including "man") as clitics, van Bergen shows that there are indications that the classification of certain other types of pronoun as “nominal” is unsafe. This book provides evidence that some of the constructions found in the course of data collection on "man" lead to further insights into the behavior of pronomial subjects, verb placement, and clause structure.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English, Old
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 041594161x
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 234
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