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Books: Historical Linguistics: Kytö, Scahill, Tanabe (Eds)

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        1.    Christian Bieri, Language Change and Variation from Old English to Late Modern English: Kytö, Scahill, Tanabe (Eds)

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Date: 18-Aug-2010
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Subject: Language Change and Variation from Old English to Late Modern English: Kytö, Scahill, Tanabe (Eds)
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Title: Language Change and Variation from Old English to Late Modern
English Subtitle: A Festschrift for Minoji Akimoto Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 114 Published: 2010 Publisher: Peter Lang AG

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Editor: Merja Kytö Editor: John Scahill Editor: Harumi Tanabe Paperback: ISBN: 9783034303729 Pages: 422 Price: U.S. $ 93.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034303729 Pages: 422 Price: U.K. £ 54.50
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034303729 Pages: 422 Price: Europe EURO 60.60 Comment: for Germany EURO 64.80, for Austria EURO 66.70 (incl. VAT)

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

Contents: Udo Fries: Sentence Length, Sentence Complexity and the NounPhrase in 18th-Century News Publications - Elly Van Gelderen: NegativeConcord and the Negative Cycle in the History of English - Michio Hosaka:The Rise of the Complementizer that in the History of English - YokoIyeiri: Negation in Fragments A, B and C of the Hunter Manuscript of TheRomaunt of the Rose - Ohkado Masayuki: On Stylistic Fronting in MiddleEnglish Prose - Fuyo Osawa: Syntactic Passive: Its Rise and Growth in theHistory of English - Hironori Suzuki: Ordering Main and Modal Verbs in theProduction of Old English Poetry - Dieter Kastovsky: Translation Techniquesin the Terminology of Ælfric's Grammar: Semantic Loans, Loan Translationsand Word-Formation - Manfred Markus: Features of Spokenness in JosephWright's English Dialect Dictionary - Meiko Matsumoto: Semantic Shifts inthe Development of Color Terms in English - Fujio Nakamura: Uncovering ofRare or Unknown Usages: A History of seem Meaning 'to pretend' - JohnScahill: Prodigal Early Middle English Orthographies: Minds and Manuscripts- Harumi Tanabe: The Rivalry of give up and its Synonymous Verbs in ModernEnglish - Laurel Brinton: From Performative to Concessive Disjunct: I/youadmit and admittedly - Tomohiro Kawabata: On the Rise of but-concessiveConstructions: From the Viewpoint of Grammaticalization - Matti Rissanen:On the History of unless - Reijirou Shibasaki: On the Transition ofTransitivity in English - Shihoko Yamamoto: The Comment Clause in theSpectator - A Bibliography of Professor Minoji Akimoto compiled by ShihokoYamamoto.

The Editors: Merja Kytö is Professor of English Language at UppsalaUniversity. 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 researchon Early Middle English manuscripts and literary history, and is a memberof the Faculty of Letters at Keio University in Tokyo.Harumi Tanabe is Professor of English at Seikei University, Tokyo. Her mainacademic interests are English historical linguistics and Middle Englishmanuscript studies.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Old English (ang)
Written In: English (eng )

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