The Rise of the To-Infinitive
By (author) Bettelou Los
Normal Price: $291.95
Your Price: $262.76 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $29.19! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $13.14 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply
Rise of the To-Infinitive by Bettelou Los
Book DescriptionThis book describes the historical emergence and spread of the to-infinitive in English. It shows that to + infinitive emerged from a reanalysis of the preposition to plus a deverbal nominalization, which spread first to purpose clauses, then to other nonfinite environments. The book challenges the traditional reasoning that infinitives must have been nouns in Old English because they inflected for dative case and can follow prepositions. Dr Los shows that as early as Old English the to-infinitive was established in most of the environments in which it is found today. She argues that its spread was largely due to competition with subjunctive that-clauses, which it gradually replaced. Later chapters consider Middle English developments. The author provides a measured evaluation of the evidence that to undergoes a period of degrammaticalization. She concludes that the extent to which to gains syntactic freedom in Middle English is due to the fact that speakers began to equate it with the modal verbs and therefore to treat it syntactically as a modal verb. The exposition is clear and does not assume an up-to-date knowledge of generative theory. The book will appeal to the wide spectrum of scholars interested in the transformation of Old to Middle English as well as those studying the processes and causes of syntactic change more generally.
Buy Rise of the To-Infinitive book by Bettelou Los from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780199274765
(241mm x 164mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bettelou Los
Historical Syntax of English, Hardback (April 2015)
Provides readers with a detailed description and explanation of key areas of English Language study. This title presupposes a basic working knowledge of the topic and explore aspects of the linguistics of English for an intermediate or advanced student readership.
Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English, Hardback (August 2012)
The unifying topic of this volume is the role of information structure, broadly conceived, as it interacts with the other levels of linguistic description, syntax, morphology, prosody, semantics and pragmatics.
Morphosyntactic Change, Paperback (June 2012)
This book explains how particle verbs fit into the grammatical systems of English and Dutch.
Handbook of the History of English, Paperback (January 2009)» View all books by Bettelou Los
The Handbook of the History of English is a collection of articles written by leading specialists in the field that focus on the theoretical issues behind the facts of the changing English language.
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Rise of the To-Infinitive book by Bettelou Los and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Bettelou Los
Bettelou Los is a Lecturer in Linguistics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. She graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 1986 and has since held teaching and research positions at the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit, the University of Nijmegen and other colleges of higher education. She participates in the research program The Diachrony of Complex Predicates in West Germanic, and has published several papers on diachronic syntax. She contributes with Wim van der Wurff to the morphology and syntax section of The Year's Work in English Studies and with Ans van Kemenade is co-editing The Blackwell Handbook of the History of English.
Bestselling Books: Our Current Bestsellers | Australia's Hottest 1000 Books | Bestselling Fiction | Bestselling Crime Mysteries and Thrillers | Bestselling Non Fiction Books | Bestselling Sport Books | Bestselling Gardening and Handicrafts Books | Bestselling Biographies | Bestselling Food and Drink | Bestselling History | Bestselling Travel Books | Bestselling School Textbooks & Study Guides | Bestselling Children's General Non-Fiction | Bestselling Young Adult Fiction | Bestselling Children's Fiction | Bestselling Picture Books | Top 100 US Bestsellers
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-2pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
Address: Boomerang Books, 878 Military Road, Mosman Junction, NSW, 2088
© 2003-2016. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687
For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.