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Title: Studies in the History of the English Language
Subtitle: A Millennial Perspective
Edited By: Donka Minkova
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics 39
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The 19 papers in this volume are a selection from a UCLA conference intended to take stock of the state of the field at the beginning of the new millennium and to stimulate research in English Historical
Linguistics. The authors are predominantly U.S. scholars. The fields represented include morphosyntax and semantics, grammaticalization, discourse analysis, dialectology, lexicography, the diachronic study of mixed language texts, phonology and metrics. >From the contents

I. MILLENNIAL PERSPECTIVES >From etymological to historical pragmatics
Elizabeth Closs Traugott

Mixed-language texts as data and evidence in English historical linguistics
Herbert Schendl

Dialectology and the history of the English language
William A. Kretzchmar, Jr.

Etymology unknown
Anatoly Liberman

Issues for a new history of English prosody
Thomas Cable

Chaucer: Folk poet or littérateur?
Gilbert Youmans / Xingzhong Li

A rejoinder to Youmans and Li
Thomas Cable


II. PHONOLOGY AND METRICS

The history of English /r/
Blaine Erickson

Vowel variation in English full rhymes
Kristin Hanson

Lexical diffusion and competing analyses of sound change
Betty S. Phillips

Purely metrical criteria for dating Old English poems
Geoffrey Russom

Short shrift for the "great" vowel shift
Robert Stockwell

Restoration of /a/ revisitedDavid White

III. MORPHOSYNTAX / SEMANTICS

Pragmatic uses of shall future constructions in early Modern English
Maurizio Gotti

Explaining the creation of reflexive pronouns in English
Edward L. Keenan

The word order of Old English poetry compared with prose once more
Ans van Kemenade

The have perfect in Old English - how close was it to the Modern English perfect?
Jeong-Hoon Lee

Reporting direct speech in early Modern slander depositions
Colette Moore

The verb-verb compound in 20th century English and 20th century linguistics
Benji Wald / Lawrence Besserman


IV. ENVOY

Come to find out: a thousand years of the history of English
Richard W. Bailey

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110173689
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Pages: viii, 392
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