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Support verb constructions in Old English in comparison with Old Irish

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This corpus-based study examines the use of support verb constructions in Old English and Old Irish. It determines in how far these constructions can be seen as a means to offer semantic specification of existing verbal expressions. The study further investigates whether support verb constructions may be employed to create periphrastic verbal expressions to denote concepts for which no simple verb exists in the language at that stage. This latter situation may particularly arise as a consequence of contact with new cultural concepts. The approach of the study is both qualitative and quantitative. It compares the use of the Old English constructions to corresponding Old Irish structures as well as to other language varieties, especially Present Day English, which has a considerably more analytic morphological structure than either of the two medieval languages.
[NOWELE Supplement Series, 24]  2012.  xiv, 251 pp.
Publishing status: Available | Original publisher: University Press of Southern Denmark
Table of Contents
Tables
ix–x
Abbreviations
xi–xii
Acknowledgements
xiii
Introduction
1–37
Support Verb Constructions in Old English
39–133
Support verb Constructions in Old Irish
135–203
Comparison of the Old English and Old Irish Structures
205–230
Conclusion
231–236
Bibliography
237–246
General Index
247–251
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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