Agreement in Language Contact
Gender development in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Florian Dolberg | TU Dortmund University
Gender in English changed dramatically from the elaborate system found in Old English to the very simple he/she/it-alternation in use from (late) Middle English onwards. While either system is well described and understood, the change from one to the other is anything but: more than 120 years of research into the matter provided no prevailing opinion – let alone a consensus – regarding how it proceeded or why it occurred. The present study is the first to address this issue in the context of language contact with Old Norse, assessing this contact influence in relation to both language-formal and semantico-cognitive factors. This empirical, functional account uses rigorous, innovative methodology, interdisciplinary evidence, and well-established models of synchronic variation in diachronic application to draw a fine-grained picture of the variation, change, and loss of gender from Old to Middle English and its underlying mainsprings. The resulting plausible and parsimonious explanations will prove relevant to students and scholars of historical linguistics, morpho-syntax, language variation and change, or language contact, to name but a few.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 208] 2019. xxi, 351 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
List of figures | pp. ix–xiv
List of tables | pp. xv–xvi
List of examples | pp. xvii–xx
List of abbreviations | pp. xxi–xxii
Chapter 1. Introduction | pp. 1–4
Chapter 2. Aims and objectives | pp. 5–8
Chapter 3. Gender | pp. 9–78
Chapter 4. Viking influence in England | pp. 79–118
Chapter 5. Methodology | pp. 119–162
Chapter 6. Analysis | pp. 163–250
Chapter 7. Discussion | pp. 251–324
Chapter 8. Conclusion and outlook | pp. 325–330
References | pp. 331–350
Historical overview of the Viking ages in England
Appendix A. Historical overview of the Viking ages in England
Appendix B. Dating and placement of manuscripts selected
Index | p. 351
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Main BIC Subject
CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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