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Medical Writing in Early Modern English

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This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.


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Title: From OV to VO in Early Middle English
Written By: Carola Trips
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA_60
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 60
Description:

This monograph answers the question of why English changed from an OV to a VO language on the assumption that this change is due to intensive language contact with Scandinavian. It shows for the first time that the English language was much more heavily influenced by Scandinavian than assumed before, i.e., northern Early Middle English texts clearly show Scandinavian syntactic patterns like stylistic fronting that can only be found today in the Modern Scandinavian languages. Thus, it sheds new light on the force of language contact in that it shows that a language can be heavily influenced through contact with another language in such a way that it affects deeper levels of language. It further gives an introduction to working with the Penn-Helsinki-Parsed Corpus of Middle English II (PPCMEII). It discusses the texts included in the corpus, it describes the format of the texts, and it explains how to search the corpus with the tool called Corpus Search. The book targets researchers in diachronic syntax, comparative syntax and in general linguists working in the field of generative syntax. It can further be used as an introduction to working with the PPCMEII.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
1. Introduction 1
2. The dialects of Middle English 7
3. Syntactic change 37
4. Word order change in EarlyMiddle English 75
5. Object movement 121
Part I: Object shift 122
6. V2 and cliticisation of subject pronouns 223
7. Stylistic fronting 275
8 Summary and conclusions 331
Appendices 335
References 339
Index 351

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Syntax
Generative Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227810
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xiv, 359 pp.
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113116
ISBN-13: 9781588113115
Pages: xiv, 359 pp.
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