Belén Méndez-Naya

List of John Benjamins publications for which Belén Méndez-Naya plays a role.


Selected papers from 11 ICEHL, Santiago de Compostela, 7–11 September 2000: Volume 1. English Historical Syntax and Morphology; Volume 2. Sounds, Words, Texts and Change. 2 Volumes (set)

Edited by Teresa Fanego, María José López-Couso, Javier Pérez-Guerra, Belén Méndez-Naya and Elena Seoane

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 223-224] 2002. x, 306 pp. & x, 310 pp.
Subjects English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Historical linguistics | Morphology | Syntax
Subjects English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Historical linguistics


Méndez-Naya, Belén 2017 Co-occurrence and iteration of intensifiers in Early EnglishGrammar, usage and discourse: Functional studies offered to Kristin Davidse, Vandelanotte, Lieven, Wout Van Praet and Lieselotte Brems (eds.), pp. 249–273 | Article
This article focuses on an aspect of intensification which has not, so far, received due attention in the extensive literature on the topic: intensifier iteration (very very hot) and co-occurrence (very extremely hot), with a special focus on Old, Middle and Early Modern English as represented in… read more
López-Couso, María José and Belén Méndez-Naya 2016 From clause to adverb: On the history of maybeOutside the Clause: Form and function of extra-clausal constituents, Kaltenböck, Gunther, Evelien Keizer and Arne Lohmann (eds.), pp. 157–176 | Article
This chapter is concerned with the origin and development of the English epistemic adverb maybe. Using various historical corpora, including the Helsinki Corpus and ARCHER as a baseline, we analyse a range of structures featuring the sequence (it) may be, paying special attention to those which may… read more
López-Couso, María José and Belén Méndez-Naya 2015 Epistemic/evidential markers of the type verb + complementizer: Some parallels from English and RomanceNew Directions in Grammaticalization Research, Smith, Andrew D.M., Graeme Trousdale and Richard Waltereit (eds.), pp. 93–120 | Article
English and Romance possess a particularly interesting way of expressing evidentiality and epistemicity, namely markers involving a verb of saying, knowing, or seeming followed by a complementizer (Verb+C), as Spanish dizque, Galician seica, and English looks like. In this chapter we consider the… read more
López-Couso, María José and Belén Méndez-Naya 2014 On the origin of clausal parenthetical constructions: Epistemic/evidential parentheticals with seem 
and impersonal thinkDiachronic Corpus Pragmatics, Taavitsainen, Irma, Andreas H. Jucker and Jukka Tuominen (eds.), pp. 189–212 | Article
This article contributes to the discussion on the origin of pragmatic markers by exploring the development of parenthetical structures with the two default verbs of seeming in the history of English: seem and impersonal think ‘seem, appear’. Drawing mainly on data from the Helsinki Corpus, we… read more
Propositional attitude predicates, such as English think, guess and seem, occur parenthetically in many languages. In this article we pay attention to a group of propositional attitude predicates which can be labelled epistemic/evidential, namely appear, look, seem and sound, and which, in… read more
Méndez-Naya, Belén and Päivi Pahta 2010 Intensifiers in competition: The picture from early English medical writingEarly Modern English Medical Texts: Corpus description and studies, Taavitsainen, Irma and Päivi Pahta (eds.), pp. 191–214 | Article
This paper studies the intensifying use of most, comparing it to the behaviour ofright, one of the most common Middle English intensifiers. Using evidence from the Helsinki Corpus, this investigation shows that both items modify the same type of adjectival heads, namely bounded subjective positive… read more