A History of English Reflexive Pronouns

Person, Self, and Interpretability

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This book brings together a number of seemingly distinct phenomena in the history of English: the introduction of special reflexive pronouns (e.g. myself), the loss of verbal agreement and pro-drop, and the disappearance of morphological Case. It provides vast numbers of examples from Old and Middle English texts showing a person split between first, second, and third person pronouns. Extending an analysis by Reinhart & Reuland, the author argues that the ‘strength’ of certain pronominal features (Case, person, number) differs cross-linguistically and that parametric variation accounts for the changes in English. The framework used is Minimalist, and Interpretable and Uninterpretable features are seen as the key to explaining the change from a synthetic to an analytic language.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 39]  2000.  xiv, 279 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
ix
List of tables
xi
Notes for the user and list of abbreviations
xiii
Introduction
1
1. Old English reflexives
27
2. Reflexives in Middle and later English
63
3. Pro-drop and feature strength
121
4. The loss of verbal agreement and verb-movement
151
5. The loss of inherent case
197
6. Ergativity and the person split
223
7. Conclusion
247
Appendix
255
References
257
Name Index
269
Subject Index
273
“A History of English Reflexive Pronouns is an interesting and substantial contribution to the history of reflexivity in English that combines accurate philological research with contemporary theoretical syntax in a very original way. I recommend the book to everybody interested in the history of English reflexives as well as to those engaged in recent syntactic theorizing in the domain of reflexivity.”
“I very much enjoyed this book. It reads like a well-written mystery novel. We know that specially marked reflexive pronouns exist in English, but we follow the author attentively as we discover the history of their development. Upon rereading, the depth of linguistic understanding, and the thoroughness of the historical research become even more apparent. The variety of material covered, and the clarity of presentation make this book of interest to a diverse linguistic audience. Without hesitation, I would recommend it to linguists interested in current syntactic analyses of reflexive phenomena, diachronic analyses of the English pronominal system, language variation and change, and first and second language acquisition of binding.”
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