LINGUIST List 31.2412

Wed Jul 29 2020

Qs: Increasing use of 'get' in the English language over time

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Date: 29-Jul-2020
From: Mike Beaken <m.beakenshu.ac.uk>
Subject: Increasing use of 'get' in the English language over time
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Has anyone done any research into the use of 'get' as a semi-auxiliary, as in "She got bored', 'He got excited', "We got robbed" etc, I can't think of instances in Shakespeare, though I may be wrong, so I wonder how and when the usage came into the language? How would you go about using a concordance to answer this question?

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics


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