Comparative Studies in Early Germanic Languages

With a focus on verbal categories

Editors
| Leibniz University Hannover
| University of Helsinki
| University of Potsdam
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This volume offers a coherent and detailed picture of the diachronic development of verbal categories of Old English, Old High German, and other Germanic languages. Starting from the observation that German and English show diverging paths in the development of verbal categories, even though they descended from a common ancestor language, the contributions present in-depth, empirically founded studies on the stages and directions of these changes combining historical comparative methods with grammaticalisation theory. This collection of papers provides the reader with an indispensable source of information on the early traces of distinct developments, thus laying the foundation for a broad-scale scenario of the grammaticalisation of verbal categories. The volume will be of particular interest to scholars of language change, grammaticalisation, and diachronic sociolinguistics; it offers important new insights for typologists and for everybody interested in the make-up of verbal categories.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 138]  2013.  vi, 318 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Gabriele Diewald, Leena Kahlas-Tarkka and Ilse Wischer
1–16
*haitan in Gothic and Old English
Robert Cloutier
17–40
Incipient Grammaticalisation: Sources of passive constructions in Old High German and Old English
Robert Mailhammer and Elena Smirnova
41–70
Passive auxiliaries in English and German: Decline versus grammaticalisation of bounded language use
Peter Petré
71–100
Causative habban in Old English: Tracing the Development of a Budding Construction
Matti Kilpiö
101–126
Remembering ( ge)munan: The rise and decline of a potential modal
Matthias Eitelmann
127–150
The emergence of modal meanings from haben with zu-infinitives in Old High German
Anne Jäger
151–168
Hearsay and lexical evidentials in Old Germanic languages, with focus on Old English
Olga Timofeeva
169–194
Markers of Futurity in Old High German and Old English: A Comparative Corpus-Based Study
Gabriele Diewald and Ilse Wischer
195–216
The Verb to be in the West Saxon Gospels and the Lindisfarne Gospels
Christine Bolze
217–234
Aspectual properties of the verbal prefix a- in Old English with reference to Gothic
Vlatko Broz
235–262
Þǣr wæs vs. thâr was: Old English and Old High German existential constructions with adverbs of place
Simone E. Pfenninger
263–288
On gain and loss of verbal categories in language contact: Old English vs. Old High German
Theo Vennemann
289–312
Index
313–318
“Studies and surveys of grammaticalising verbal categories in English and German are usefully brought together here, with much to be learned from the contrasted early histories of the two languages.”
“This valuable collection of articles provides a wealth of detailed and systematically presented empirical information on specific topics related to verb constructions in Old Germanic languages. In several cases, a more complete factual picture of important developments is provided than is found elsewhere in the literature.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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