THE DEVELOPMENT OF OLD ENGLISH

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The Development Of Old English

Author : Donald A. Ringe
ISBN : 9780199207848
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book, the second volume in A Linguistic History of English, describes the development of Old English from Proto-Germanic. Like Volume I, it is an internal history of the structure of English that combines traditional historical linguistics, modern syntactic theory, the study of languages in contact, and the variationist approach to language change. The first part of the book considers the development of Northwest and West Germanic, and the northern dialects of the latter, with particular reference to phonological and morphological phenomena. Later chapters present a detailed account of changes in the Old English sound system, inflectional system, and syntax. The book aims to make the findings of traditional historical linguistics accessible to scholars and students in other subdisciplines, and also to adopt approaches from contemporary theoretical linguistics in such a way that they are accessible to a wide range of historical linguists.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Development Of Word Order Patterns In Old English

Author : Marian C. Bean
ISBN : 0389203564
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The major focus of this book involves the testing of theories of word order change with data on change in Old English. The data are drawn from such sources as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and from the work of other scholars in Old English and historical linguistics. The book provides support for the ideas of earlier linguists such as Sapir, and will represent a major study for those working in Old English and historical linguistics. Contents: Introduction; Natural Word Order Types and Natural Word Order Change; Proto-Indo-European and Proto-Germanic Word Order Patterns; Order of Major Elements in Main Clauses in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle; Word Order Patterns in Conjunct, Relative and Subordinate Clauses; Further Studies in Old English Word Order; Conclusions.^R
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Blue In Old English

Author : Carole Patricia Biggam
ISBN : 9042001488
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Blue in Old English represents the first thorough investigation of an area of the colour semantics of Old English, and the methodology developed for this study is believed to be appropriate for researching the colour semantics of any language which survives only in recorded texts. By means of a collection of in-depth word-studies, which suggest new interpretations of many well-known passages, an understanding of how blueness was described in Old English is developed. The approach is interdisciplinary, using evidence from subjects such as botany, manuscript illustration, etymology, early technologies, and others. The conclusion contradicts certain previously held views on Old English colour, and presents a hitherto obscured sociolinguistic picture of differing language use among various groups of Old English speakers.
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The Old English Weak Verbs

Author : Detlef Stark
ISBN : 9783111357140
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Saxon Chronicle

Author : James Ingram
ISBN : 9785876473523
Genre : History
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With an English Translation, and Notes, Critical and Explanatory to Which Are Added Chronological, Topographical, and Glossarial Indices. A short grammar of the anglosaxon language; a new map of the England during the heptarchy; plates of coins, & c.
Category: History

The Development From Case Forms To Prepositional Constructions In Old English Prose

Author : Kiriko Sato
ISBN : 3039117637
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The development from a synthetic to an analytic language is one of the most important topics in English historical syntax. This development is reflected in the gradual decrease of case-forms and the replacement of their functions with equivalent prepositional constructions. Focussing on the Old English period, when case-forms and prepositional constructions overlapped in various functions, this book aims to answer an unresolved question: was there a significant change in the use of case-forms and, alternatively, in the use of prepositions plus case-forms in contexts where both types were possible? The author makes a statistical comparison between prose texts written in the early Old English period and texts of the later Old English period; she also takes into account stylistic features of individual texts. Thus, this book addresses this Old English syntactic issue both from a historical and a stylistic perspective and shows the stages of development during the Old English period.
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