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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
Dialectology and the history of the English language
Issues for a new history of English prosody
Chaucer: Folk poet or littérateur?
Gilbert Youmans / Xingzhong Li
A rejoinder to Youmans and Li
II. PHONOLOGY AND METRICS
The history of English r
Vowel variation in English rhyme
Lexical diffusion and competing analyses of sound change
Dating Criteria for Old English poems
How much shifting actually occured in the historical English vowel shift?
Restoration of /a/ revisited
III. MORPHOSYNTAX / SEMANTICS
Pragmatic uses of SHALL future constructions in early Modern English
Explaining the creation of reflexive pronouns in English
Word order in Old English prose and poetry: The position of finite verb and adverbs
Ans van Kemenade
The “have” perfect in Old English: How close was it to the Modern English perfect?
Reporting direct speech in early Modern slander depositions
The emergence of the verb-verb compound in twentieth century English and twentieth century linguistics
Benji Wald / Lawrence Besserman
A thousand years of the history of English
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