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Description - The Semantic Predecessors of Need in the History of English (c.750-1710) by Lucia Loureiro-Porto

In the history of English at least five verbs have been found to mean 'need': turfan, beturfan, need, behove and mister. By adopting a corpus-based approach, this book studies all of them diachronically, from the origins of the language (c.750) to the end of the early Modern English period (1710). * Corpus-based approach: 4.1 million word corpus (Helsinki Corpus, Dictionary of Old English Texts, Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, Lampeter Corpus, Corpus of Early English Correspondence Sampler). * Detailed and thorough analysis of the totality of verbs meaning 'need' from Old to early Modern English, which fills a gap in the literature on modality and sheds new light on grammaticalization theory. * Cognitive approach to modality, by which necessity is interpreted in terms of forces. * Overall evolution of necessity meanings in English, identifying regular semantic changes and challenging some well-established statements. * Detailed analysis of grammaticalization of turfan and need, paying attention to the different Present-Day-English modal classes (marginal modals, emerging modals, etc.). * Dictionary-challenging arguments that need v.1 and need v.2 are two manifestations of the same verb. * Accessible for students and appealing for senior researchers in the areas of Historical Linguistics, History of English, Functional and Cognitive Linguistics, and Grammaticalization Theory.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405192705
ISBN-10: 1405192704
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 150mm x 15mm)
Pages: 292
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lucia Loureiro-Porto

Lucia Loureiro-Porto teaches grammar and linguistic variation within the Department of Spanish, Modern Languages and Latin at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (Balearic Islands, Spain). She has previously held teaching and research positions at Reed College, Portland, and at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Her main research interests are the study of grammaticalization processes in the history of English, English historical syntax and semantics, and sociolinguistic variation from both a synchronic and a diachronic perspective.