Genitives in Early English by Cynthia L. Allen
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Genitives in Early English
By Cynthia L. Allen

Genitives in Early English

Typology and Evidence

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Genitives in Early English by Cynthia L. Allen

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This book examines the evidence for the development of adnominal genitives (the knight's sword, the nun's priest's tale, etc.) in English. During the Middle English period the genitive inflection -es developed into the more clitic-like 's, but how, when, why, and over how long a time are unclear, and have been subject to considerable research and discussion. Cynthia L. Allen draws together her own and others' findings in areas such as case marking, the nature of syntactic and morphological change, and the role of processing and pragmatics in the construction of grammars and grammatical change. Using evidence derived from a systematic examination of a wide range of texts, Dr Allen reviews the evidence for the nature of the possessive inflection in earlier stages of English and the relationship of the -es possessive to the 'his genitive. In doing so she shows that Middle English texts are more reliable witnesses to the grammar of Middle English than has sometimes been assumed. The texts may have been conservative, but their language, the author argues, is reasonable reflection of the spoken language, and where the written evidence runs counter to typological generalization about syntactic change it may be the latter, not the former, which is in need of qualification. While the book focuses on Middle English it also contains discussions of linguistic change before and since, and draws on comparative evidence from other languages, particularly Germanic languages such as Swedish and Dutch. This ground-breaking book will be of great interest to scholars and students of Middle English in particular and the history of English in general.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199216680
ISBN-10: 0199216681
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 163mm x 25mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Now available as a paperback edition, this unique study brings together the methodology, concepts, and principles of historical linguistics and linguistic theory in a pioneering study of the transformation of Old to Middle English and the attendant loss of inflection.

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Author Biography - Cynthia L. Allen

Cynthia L. Allen is Reader in Linguistics at the Australian National University, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a former Director of the ANU Centre for Research on Language Change. Her published work includes articles in Transactions of the Philological Society, Linguistic Inquiry, and English Language and Linguistics and the book Case-Marking and Reanalysis (OUP 1995, paperback 1999).

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