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Title: Language Change and Variation from Old English to Late Modern English
Subtitle: A Festschrift for Minoji Akimoto
Edited By: Merja Kytö
John Scahill
Harumi Tanabe
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 114

This collection reflects Minoji Akimoto's concern with studies of change in
English that are theoretically-informed, but founded on substantial bodies
of data. Some of the contributors focus on individual texts and text-types,
among them literature and journalism, others on specific periods, from Old
English to the nineteenth century, but the majority trace a linguistic
process - such as negation, passivisation, complementation or
grammaticalisation - through the history of English. While several papers
take a fresh look at manuscript evidence, the harnessing of wideranging
electronic corpora is a recurring feature methodologically. The linguistic
fields treated include word semantics, stylistics, orthography, word-order,
pragmatics and lexicography. The volume also contains a bibliography of
Professor Akimoto's writings and an index of linguistic terms.

Contents: Udo Fries: Sentence Length, Sentence Complexity and the Noun
Phrase in 18th-Century News Publications - Elly Van Gelderen: Negative
Concord and the Negative Cycle in the History of English - Michio Hosaka:
The Rise of the Complementizer that in the History of English - Yoko
Iyeiri: Negation in Fragments A, B and C of the Hunter Manuscript of The
Romaunt of the Rose - Ohkado Masayuki: On Stylistic Fronting in Middle
English Prose - Fuyo Osawa: Syntactic Passive: Its Rise and Growth in the
History of English - Hironori Suzuki: Ordering Main and Modal Verbs in the
Production of Old English Poetry - Dieter Kastovsky: Translation Techniques
in the Terminology of Ælfric's Grammar: Semantic Loans, Loan Translations
and Word-Formation - Manfred Markus: Features of Spokenness in Joseph
Wright's English Dialect Dictionary - Meiko Matsumoto: Semantic Shifts in
the Development of Color Terms in English - Fujio Nakamura: Uncovering of
Rare or Unknown Usages: A History of seem Meaning 'to pretend' - John
Scahill: Prodigal Early Middle English Orthographies: Minds and Manuscripts
- Harumi Tanabe: The Rivalry of give up and its Synonymous Verbs in Modern
English - Laurel Brinton: From Performative to Concessive Disjunct: I/you
admit and admittedly - Tomohiro Kawabata: On the Rise of but-concessive
Constructions: From the Viewpoint of Grammaticalization - Matti Rissanen:
On the History of unless - Reijirou Shibasaki: On the Transition of
Transitivity in English - Shihoko Yamamoto: The Comment Clause in the
Spectator - A Bibliography of Professor Minoji Akimoto compiled by Shihoko

The Editors: Merja Kytö is Professor of English Language at Uppsala
University. Her areas of interest cover English historical linguistics,
corpus linguistics, language variation and change, historical pragmatics,
and manuscript studies.
John Scahill holds a doctorate from the University of Sydney for research
on Early Middle English manuscripts and literary history, and is a member
of the Faculty of Letters at Keio University in Tokyo.
Harumi Tanabe is Professor of English at Seikei University, Tokyo. Her main
academic interests are English historical linguistics and Middle English
manuscript studies.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English, Old
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034303729
Pages: 422
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