Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-xfwgj Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-06-19T12:24:08.495Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

English do: on the convergence of languages and linguists

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 October 2002

Johan van der Auwera
University of Antwerp
Inge Genee
University of Lethbridge
Rights & Permissions [Opens in a new window]


Core share and HTML view are not available for this content. However, as you have access to this content, a full PDF is available via the ‘Save PDF’ action button.

This article surveys the debate on the origin of periphrastic do, with particular attention to the hypothesis that Celtic languages might have exerted some influence. With respect to the facts, it is argued that there are various types of Celtic hypotheses and that one type is sensible, though unlikely to be proven and even less likely to be proven to be the only relevant factor. With respect to the debate itself, it is shown that a Celtic origin hypothesis is accepted more widely among non-British scholars, and we speculate why that might be the case.

Research Article
© 2002 Cambridge University Press