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The non-surviving preterite-present verbs in English : the demise of *dugan, munan, *-nugan, *þurfan, and unnan / Anna Wojtyś.

Author/Creator:
Wojtys, Anna, author.
Publication:
Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang, [2017]
Series:
Studies in English medieval language and literature ; Bd. 51.
Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature ; vol. 51
Format/Description:
Book
258 pages ; 22 cm.
Subjects:
English language -- History.
English language -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- Verb.
English language -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Verb.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Morphology.
Language obsolescence.
Corpora (Linguistics).
Historical linguistics.
English language.
English language -- Middle English -- Verb.
English language -- Old English -- Verb.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
Based on four historical corpora, the book is a comprehensive study of the demise of five preterite-present verbs in English. It offers a detailed description of their distribution in Old and Middle English. The subsequent comparison of the forms and uses of the preterite-presents in the two periods allows the author to suggest the reasons for their elimination from the language. The discussion focuses on phonological and morphological changes the verbs underwent as well as on the syntactic structures they appeared in. Yet, the study does not ignore factors of extra-linguistic nature such as genres in which the verbs were frequently found and the potential rivalry with other items of native and foreign origin.
Contents:
Abbreviations
List of tables
Preface
Introduction : preterite-present verbs
Preliminary remarks
Preterite-present verbs
Non-surviving preterite-present verbs in English
Present study
Scope
Aims
Database
Editorial conventions
Literature on preterite-present verbs
Preterite-presents in Indo-European and Germanic
Introduction
Proto-Germanic
Old Germanic languages
Later fates of preterite-presents
Preterite-presents in Germanic languages : similarities and differences
Modality
*-Nugan and *dugan
Preliminary remarks
*-Nugan : an introduction
Origin and classification
*-Nugan in English
Old English data
*-Nugan : conclusions
*Dugan : an introduction
Origin and classification
*Dugan in English
Old English uses
Morphological issues
Contexts of use
Meaning and synonyms
Middle English uses
Morphological issues Contexts of use
Meaning and synonyms
*Dugan : conclusions
Unnart
Preliminary remarks
Unnan : an introduction
Origin and classification
Unnan in English
Old English uses
Morphological issues
Contexts of use
Meaning and synonyms
Middle English uses
Morphological issues
Contexts of use
Meaning and synonyms
Unnan : conclusions
*Purfan
Preliminary remarks
*Purfan : an introduction
Origin and classification
*Purfan in English
Old English uses
Morphological issues
Contexts of use
Meaning and synonyms
Middle English uses
Morphological issues
Contexts of use
Meaning and synonyms
*Purfan : conclusions
Munan
Preliminary remarks
Munan : an introduction
Origin and classification
Munan in English
Old English uses
Morphological issues
Contexts of use
Meaning and synonyms
English uses
Morphological issues
Contexts of use
Meaning and synonyms
Munan : conclusions
Conclusions
References
Index of subjects.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Albert C. Baugh Book Fund.
Contributor:
Albert C. Baugh Book Fund.
ISBN:
9783631729502
3631729502
9783631729618
9783631729625
9783631729625
9783631729632
OCLC:
1003207314
Publisher Number:
99974080776
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