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Late Modern English Syntax

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Part of Studies in English Language

Marianne Hundt, Lieselotte Anderwald, Anita Auer, Christian Mair, Nadja Nesselhauf, Tine Breban, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Anette Rosenbach, Joan Bresnan, Christoph Wolk, Günter Rohdenburg, Hubert Cuyckens, Frauke D'Hoedt, Eva Berlage, Hendrik De Smet, Claudia Claridge, Merja Kytö, Laurel J. Brinton, María José López-Couso, Belén Méndez-Naya, Erik Smitterberg, Kevin McCafferty
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  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107032798

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  • The Late Modern period is the first in the history of English for which an unprecedented wealth of textual material exists. Using increasingly sophisticated databases, the contributions in this volume explore grammatical usage from the period, specifically morphological and syntactic change, in a broad context. Some chapters explore the socio-historical background of the period while others provide information on prescriptivism, newspaper language, language contact, and regional variation in British and American English. Internal processes of change are discussed against grammaticalisation theory and construction grammar and the rich body of textual evidence is used to draw inferences on the precise nature of historical change. Exposing readers to a wealth of data that informs the description of a broad range of syntactic phenomena, this book is ideal for graduate students and researchers interested in historical linguistics, corpus linguistics and language development.

    • Provides both a linguistic and socio-historical context so readers benefit from a broad view of the determinants of variation and change in the period
    • Presents cutting-edge research by leading linguists in the field
    • Readers will benefit from the wealth of data that informs the description of a broad range of syntactic phenomena
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    "A very timely and strong collection of fine-grained qualitative analyses investigating morphological and syntactic change in Late Modern English."
    Ursula Lenker, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

    "For a long time the Late Modern English period seemed to be a time when little happened to the grammar of the language, but at last justice is being done to the interesting changes that were taking place. This well-edited volume shows how newly available resources of corpora and databases of the period, together with more refined techniques of analysis, are bringing such changes into the spotlight."
    Geoffrey Leech, Emeritus Professor of English Linguistics, Lancaster University

    "This impressive volume with contributions by leading scholars on the main areas of Late Modern English syntax is an indispensable guide to a fascinating period in the history of the English language."
    Bas Aarts, University College London

    "The book itself as a finished product is a remarkable achievement: all the topics under discussion are intrinsically worthy of in-depth investigation, and some of them build on earlier findings concerning similar issues, or rely on corpora already used in previous studies, in order to provide new perspectives on specific themes … It will be of interest to scholars and advanced students also specializing in methodological issues, as the quantitative investigations offered in the contributions help to shed more light on what best practices ought to be followed in studies of this kind."
    Marina Dossena, English Language and Linguistics

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    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107032798
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 47 b/w illus. 80 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction. Late Modern English syntax in its linguistic and socio-historical context Marianne Hundt
    Part I. Changes in the VP:
    2. The decline of the BE-perfect, linguistic relativity, and grammar writing in the nineteenth century Lieselotte Anderwald
    3. Let's not, let's don't and don't let's in British and American English Anita Auer
    4. Do we got a difference? Divergent developments of semi-auxiliary (have) got (to) in British and American English Christian Mair
    5. From contraction to construction? The recent life of 'll Nadja Nesselhauf
    6. Books that sell - mediopassives and the modification 'constraint' Marianne Hundt
    Part II. Changes in the NP:
    7. Beyond mere syntactic change: a micro-analytical study of various and numerous Tine Breban
    8. Culturally conditioned language change? A multivariate analysis of genitive constructions in ARCHER Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Anette Rosenbach, Joan Bresnan and Christoph Wolk
    Part III. Changes in Complementation Patterns:
    9. On the changing status of that-clauses Günter Rohdenburg
    10. Variability in verb complementation in Late Modern English: finite vs non-finite patterns Hubert Cuyckens, Frauke D'Hoedt and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
    Part IV. Category Change:
    11. Opposite developments in composite predicate constructions: the case of take advantage of and make use of Eva Berlage
    12. Constrained confusion: the gerund/participle distinction in Late Modern English Hendrik De Smet
    13. 'You are a bit of a sneak': exploring a degree modifier in the Old Bailey Corpus Claudia Claridge and Merja Kytö
    Part V. The Syntax-Pragmatics Interface:
    14. If you choose/like/prefer/want/wish: the origin of metalinguistic and politeness functions Laurel J. Brinton
    15. Epistemic parentheticals with seem: Late Modern English in focus María José López-Couso and Belén Méndez-Naya
    Part VI. Text-Type Related Change:
    16. Syntactic stability and change in nineteenth-century newspaper language Erik Smitterberg
    Part VII. Language Contact and Syntactic Change:
    17. '(W)ell are you not got over thinking about going to ireland yet': the BE-perfect in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Irish English Kevin McCafferty.

  • Editor

    Marianne Hundt, Universität Zürich
    Marianne Hundt is Full Professor of English Linguistics in the English Department at Universität Zürich.

    Contributors

    Marianne Hundt, Lieselotte Anderwald, Anita Auer, Christian Mair, Nadja Nesselhauf, Tine Breban, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Anette Rosenbach, Joan Bresnan, Christoph Wolk, Günter Rohdenburg, Hubert Cuyckens, Frauke D'Hoedt, Eva Berlage, Hendrik De Smet, Claudia Claridge, Merja Kytö, Laurel J. Brinton, María José López-Couso, Belén Méndez-Naya, Erik Smitterberg, Kevin McCafferty

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