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English Historical Syntax

1st Edition

By David Denison


544 pages

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This study brings together many of the resources needed for the exploration of English historical syntax and deals with many of the important changes in English sentence structure from Old English to present. It also features a survey of published research from both classical and modern linguistic traditions, as well as new research by the author. Provides guidance on methodology, important reference materials, and the general history of the English language.

Table of Contents


Part I: Groundwork

1. Introduction

2. Background

3. Nominal Morphology

Part II: Word Order

4. Word Order

Part III: Subject and Verb Phrase

5. Impersonals

6. Dative Movement and the Indirect Passive

Part IV: Complex Complementation

8. VOSI and V+I (control verbs)

9. Subject raising

Part V: Auxiliaries

10. Origins of Periphrastic DO

11. Modals and Related Auxiliaries

12. Perfect

13. Progressive

14. Passive

15. Multiple auxiliaries, regulation of DO

Part VI: Bibliography and Indexes


16. Glossary of technical terms

17. Secondary sources

18. Primary sources

19. Index of verbs in examples

About the Author

David Denison

About the Series

Longman Linguistics Library

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax