Studies in the History of the English Language: A Millennial Perspective, Volume 1

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Donka Minkova, Robert P. Stockwell
Walter de Gruyter, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 496 pages

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 millenium 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 code-switching, phonology and metrics.

 

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Contents

Mixedlanguage texts as data and evidence inEnglish historical linguistics
50
Dialectology and the history of the Englishlanguage
78
Origin unknown
109
Issues for a new history of English prosody
125
Folk poet or littérateur?
153
A rejoinder to Youmans and Li
176
On the development of English r
183
Vowel variation in English rhyme
207
Pragmatic uses of SHALL future constructions inEarly Modern English
300
Explaining the creation of reflexive pronouns inEnglish
324
The position of finite verb and adverbs
355
How close was it to the Modern English perfect?
372
Reporting direct speech in Early Modern slanderdepositions
399
The emergence of the verbverb compound intwentieth century English and twentieth centurylinguistics
416
A thousand years of the history of English
448
Name index
472

Lexical diffusion and competing analyses of soundchange
231
Dating criteria for Old English poems
244
How much shifting actually occurred in thehistorical English vowel shift?
267
Restoration of a revisited
283

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Donka Minkova is Professor Emeritus at UCLA, USA. Robert Stockwell is Professor Emeritus at UCLA, USA.

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