Language Change and Variation from Old English to Late Modern English - Merja Kytö, John Scahill & Harumi Tanabe

Language Change and Variation from Old English to Late Modern English

By Merja Kytö, John Scahill & Harumi Tanabe

  • Release Date - Published: 2010-08-17
  • Book Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Author: Merja Kytö, John Scahill & Harumi Tanabe
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This collection reflects Minoji Akimoto's concern with studies of change in English that are theoretically-informed, but founded on substantial bodies of data. Some of the contributors focus on individual texts and text-types, among them literature and journalism, others on specific periods, from Old English to the nineteenth century, but the majority trace a linguistic process – such as negation, passivisation, complementation or grammaticalisation – through the history of English. While several papers take a fresh look at manuscript evidence, the harnessing of wideranging electronic corpora is a recurring feature methodologically. The linguistic fields treated include word semantics, stylistics, orthography, word-order, pragmatics and lexicography. The volume also contains a bibliography of Professor Akimoto's writings and an index of linguistic terms.

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