English Historical Linguistics 2008

Selected papers from the fifteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 15), Munich, 24-30 August 2008.

Volume I: The history of English verbal and nominal constructions

Ursula Lenker | Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Judith Huber | Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
ORCID logoRobert Mailhammer | Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
ISBN 9789027248329 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027287793 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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The fourteen studies selected for this volume – all of them peer-reviewed versions of papers presented at the 15th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics 2008 (23–30 August) at the University of Munich – investigate syntactic variation and change in the history of English from two perspectives that are crucial to explaining language change, namely the analysis of usage patterns and the social motivations of language change. Documenting the way syntactic elements have changed their combinatory preferences in fine-grained corpus studies renders the opportunity to catch language change in actu. A majority of studies in this book investigate syntactic change in the history of English from this viewpoint using a corpus-based approach, focusing on verbal constructions, modality and developments in the English noun phrase.

The book is of primary interest to linguists interested in current research in the history of English syntax. Its empirical richness is an excellent source for teaching English Historical Syntax.

Volume II to be announced soon.

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 314] 2010.  vii, 281 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents

Main BIC Subject

CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010025973