Article published in:Middle and Modern English Corpus Linguistics: A multi-dimensional approach
Edited by Manfred Markus, Yoko Iyeiri, Reinhard Heuberger and Emil Chamson
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 50] 2012
► pp. 59–74
The complements of causative make in Late Middle English
The present paper discusses the complement forms of causative make in the fifteenth century. It shows that the verb is still followed most frequently by (for) to-infinitives towards the end of the Middle English (ME) period, and that the use of bare infinitives is not yet the rule. Simultaneously, the choice of complements appears to be subject to certain linguistic conditions. The make believe type, for example, displays a slight inclination to occur with bare infinitives. Also, the cognitive “integration” or “directness” between make and its complement seems to be relevant. Furthermore, the discussion demonstrates that Rohdenburg’s Complexity Principle explains a number of linguistic conditions related to the choice of complement forms.
Published online: 11 April 2012
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