A History of the English Language

A History of the English Language

by Elly van Gelderen

ISBN-10: 9027232369

ISBN-13: 9789027232366

Pub. Date: 08/15/2006

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

A new title from Routledge’s Critical Concepts in Linguistics series, History of the English Language is a four-volume collection covering the main linguistic issues in the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics of the history of English.


A new title from Routledge’s Critical Concepts in Linguistics series, History of the English Language is a four-volume collection covering the main linguistic issues in the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics of the history of English.

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Table of Contents

volume I: Phonology

Part 1: Vowel Shifts

1. William Labov, ‘Triggering Events’, in Susan Fitzmaurice and Donka Minkova (eds.), Studies in the History of the English Language IV (Mouton de Gruyter, 2008), pp. 9–54.

2. Otto Jespersen, ‘The Great Vowel Shift’, A Modern English Grammar I (George Allen and Unwin, 1909), pp. 231–47.

3. Noam Chomsky and Morris Halle, ‘The Evolution of the Modern English Vowel System’, The Sound Pattern of English (MIT Press, 1967), pp. 249–89.

4. Robert Stockwell, ‘Perseverance in the English Vowel Shift’, in Jacek Fisiak (ed.), Recent Developments in Historical Phonology (Mouton, 1978), 337–48.

Part 2: Shifts in Consonants

5. Donka Minkova, ‘Phonemically Contrastive Fricatives in Old English?’, English Language and Linguistics, 2011, 15, 1, 31–59.

6. Nikolaus Ritt, ‘How to Weaken One’s Consonants, Strengthen One’s Vowels and Remain English at the Same Time’, in David Denison et al. (eds.), Analysing Older English (Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 213–31.

Part 3: Meter and Stress

7. Chris McCully and Richard Hogg, ‘An Account of Old English Stress’, Journal of Linguistics, 1990, 26, 315–39.

8. Manfred Markus, ‘From Stress-Timing to Syllable-Timing: Changes in the Prosodic System of Late Middle English and Early Modern English’, in Dieter Kastovsky (ed.), Studies in Early Modern English (Mouton, 1994), pp. 187–203.

Part 4: Morphosyntactic Angloversals

9. Benedikt Szmrecsanyi and Bernd Kortmann, ‘Vernacular Universals and Angloversals in a Typological Perspective’, in Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, and Heli Paulasto (eds.), Vernacular Universals and Language Contacts: Evidence from Varieties of English and Beyond (Routledge, 2009), pp. 33–53.

Part 5: Derivational Morphology and Word Formation

10. Dieter Kastovsky, ‘The Typological Status of Old English Word-Formation’, in Sylvia Adamson et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (John Benjamins, 1990), pp. 205–23.

11. Laurie Bauer, ‘When is a Sequence of Noun + Noun a Compound in English?’, English Language and Linguistics, 1998, 2, 65–86.

Part 6: Inflectional Morphology

12. Lukas Pietsch, Variable Grammar: Verbal Agreement in Northern Dialects of English (Niemeyer, 2005), pp. 45–62.

13. Aditi Lahiri, ‘The Dental Preterites in the History of English’, in K. Hanson and S. Inkelas (eds.), The Nature of the Word: Studies in Honor of Paul Kiparsky (MIT Press, 2009), pp. 507–25.

14. Natalie Schilling-Estes and Walt Wolfram, ‘Convergent Explanation and Alternative Regularization Patterns: Were/Weren’t Leveling in a Vernacular English Variety’, Language Variation and Change, 1994, 6, 273–302.

15. Tracy Crouch, ‘The Morphological Status of Old English ge-’, American Journal of Germanic Linguistics and Literatures, 1995, 7, 2, 165–78.

volume II: Syntax

Part 7: Word Order in the Clause and Nominal Phrase

16. Charles Fries, ‘On the Development of the Structural Use of Word-Order in Modern English’, Language, 1940, 16, 3, 199–208.

17. Robert Stockwell, ‘Motivations for Exbraciation in Old English’, in Charles Li (ed.), Mechanisms of Syntactic Change (University of Texas Press, 1977), pp. 291–314.

18. Susan Pintzuk, ‘Verb Seconding in Old English’, The Linguistic Review, 1993, 10, 1, 5–35.

19. Theresa Biberauer and Ian Roberts, ‘Cascading Parameter Changes’, in Thórhallur Eythórsson (ed.), Grammatical Change and Linguistic Theory (John Benjamins, 2008), pp. 79–113.

20. Dagmar Haumann, ‘Adnominal Adjectives in Old English’, English Language and Linguistics, 2010, 14, 1, 53–81.

21. Johanna L. Wood, ‘Demonstratives and Possessives: From Old English to Present-Day English’, in Elisabeth Stark, Elisabeth Leiss, and Werner Abraham (eds.), Nominal Determination (John Benjamins, 2007), pp. 339–61.

Part 8: Grammatical Words

22. Elizabeth Closs Traugott, ‘Diachronic Syntax and Generative Grammar’, Language, 1965, 41, 402–15.

23. Xavier Dekeyser, ‘WH- and That: Two Competing Strategies in the History of English Relative Clause Formation’, Leuvense Bijdragen, 1996, 85, 3–4, 293–302.

24. Willem Koopman, ‘Another Look at Clitics in OE’, Transactions of the Philological Society, 1997, 95, 1, 73–93.

25. Elly van Gelderen, ‘The Diachrony of Pronouns and Demonstratives’, in Terje Lohndal (ed.), In Search of Universal Grammar: From Old Norse to Zoque (Benjamins, 2013), pp. 195–218.

26. Elly van Gelderen, The Linguistic Cycle: Language Change and the Language Faculty (OUP, 2011), pp. 156–67.

27. Otto Jespersen, ‘Negation’, A Modern English Grammar V (George Allen and Unwin, 1940), pp. 426–67.

28. Lieselotte Anderwald, ‘Negative Concord in British English Dialects’, in Yoko Iyeiri (ed.), Aspects of English Negation (John Benjamins, 2005), pp. 113–37.

29. Lynn Sims, ‘Aspectual Loss and Renewal: Periphrasis, Replacement and Renewal: Onginnan, Beginnan, Start’, in Iren Hegedus and Dora Podor (eds.), Studies in English Historical Linguistics (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013).

Part 9: Changes in Voice and Argument Structure

30. David Lightfoot, ‘Syntactic Change and the Autonomy Thesis’, Journal of Linguistics, 1977, 13, 2, 191–216.

31. Olga Fischer and Frederike van der Leek, ‘The Demise of the Old English Impersonal Construction’, Journal of Linguistics, 1983, 19, 2, 337–68.

Volume III: Semantics, Pragmatics, and Corpora

Part 10: Semantic Change

32. Laurel Brinton, The Development of English Aspectual Systems: Aspectualizers and Post-Verbal Particles (1988), pp. 185–234.

33. Remus Gergel, ‘Rather: on a Modal Cycle’, in Elly van Gelderen (ed.), Cyclical Change (John Benjamins, 2009), pp. 242–64.

34. Regine Eckardt, What is Going to Happen’, Meaning Change in Grammaticalization (Oxford University Press, 2006), pp. 91–127.

35. Patrick Duffley and Pierre Larrivee, ‘Exploring the Relation Between the Qualitative and Quantitative Uses of the Determiner Some’, English Language and Linguistics, 2012, 16, 1, 131–49.

36. Elizabeth Closs Traugott, ‘On the Rise of Epistemic Meanings in English: An Example of Subjectification in Semantic Change’, Language, 1989, 65, 1, 31–55.

37. Elly van Gelderen, ‘Where Did Late Merge Go?’, Studia Linguistica, 2008, 287–300.

Part 11: Information Structure

38. Bettelou Los, ‘The Loss of Verb-Second and the Switch from Bounded to Unbounded Systems’, in Anneli Meurman-Solin et al. (eds.), Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English (OUP, 2012), pp. 21–46.

39. Ann Taylor and Susan Pintzuk, ‘The Interaction of Syntactic Change and Information Status Effects in the Change from OV to VO in English’, Catalan Journal of Linguistics, 2011, 10, 71–94.

Part 12: Politeness and Pronouns of Address

40. Andreas Jucker, ‘Positive and Negative Face as Descriptive Categories in the History of English’, Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 2011, 12, 1/2, 18–197.

41. Merja Stenroos, ‘The Pronoun of Address in Piers Plowman: Authorial and Scribal Usage’, Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 2010, 11, 1, 1–31.

Part 13: Pragmatic Markers

42. Elly van Gelderen, ‘The Syntax of Mood Particles in the History of English’, Folia Linguistica Historica, 2002, 22, 1/2, 301–31.

43. Ignacio Palacios Martinez, ‘It Ain’t Nothing to Do with My School: Variation and Pragmatic Uses of Ain’t in the Language of British English Teenagers’, English Studies, 2010, 91, 5, 548–66.

44. Sali Tagliamonte, ‘So Who? Like How? Just What? Discourse Markers in the Conversations of English Speaking Youth’, Journal of Pragmatics, 2005, 37, 11, 1896–915.

45. Toril Swan and Leiv Egil Breivik, ‘English Sentence Adverbials in a Discourse and Cognitive Perspective’, English Studies, 2011, 92, 6, 679–92.

Part 14: Corpus Design and Studies

46. Elizabeth Traugott and Susan Pintzuk, ‘Coding the York-Toronto-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Old English Prose to Investigate the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface’, in Susan Fitzmaurice and Donka Minkova (eds.), Studies in the History of the English Language IV (Mouton de Gruyter, 2008), pp. 61–80.

47. Merja Kytö, ‘Collocational and Idiomatic Aspects of Verbs in Early Modern English’, in Laurel Brinton and Minoji Akimoto (eds.), Collocational and Idiomatic Aspects of Composite Predicates in the History of English (John Benjamins, 1999), pp. 167–206.

Volume IV: Sociolinguistics

Part 15: Regional Variation

48. Joseph Crowley, ‘The Study of Old English Dialects’, English Studies, 1986, 2, 97–112.

49. Patricia Cukor-Avila, ‘The Complex Grammatical History of African-American and White Vernaculars in the South’, in Stephen Nagle and Sara Sanders (eds.), English in the Southern United States (Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 82–105.

50. Walt Wolfram, ‘Reexamining the Development of African American English: Evidence from Isolated Communities’, Language, 2003, 79, 2, 282–316.

Part 16: Social Variation

51. Peter Trudgill, ‘Norwich Revisited’, English World-Wide, 1988, 9, 33–49.

52. William Labov, ‘The Social Motivation of a Sound Change’, Word, 1966, 19, 273–309.

53. Patrick-André Mather, ‘The Social Stratification of /r/ in New York City: Labov’s Department Store Study Revisited’, Journal of English Linguistics, 2012, 40, 4, 338–56.

54. D’Arcy Alexandra and Sali Tagliamonte, ‘Prestige, Accommodation and the Legacy of Relative Who’, Language in Society, 2010, 39, 3, 383–410.

55. Penelope Eckert, ‘Social Polarization and the Choice of Linguistic Variants’, in Eckert (ed.), New Ways of Analyzing Sound Change (Academic Press), pp. 213–32.

Part 17: English in Contact

56. Nicole Domingue, ‘Middle English: Another Creole?’, Journal of Creole Studies, 1977, 1, 89–100.

57. Markku Filppula, ‘The Celtic Hypothesis Hasn’t Gone Away’, in Marina Dossena, Richard Dury, and Maurizio Gotti (eds.), English Historical Linguistics (John Benjamins, 2008), pp. 153–70.

58. Theo Vennemann, ‘Atlantis Semitica: Structural Contact Features in Celtic and English’, in Laurel Brinton (ed.), Historical Linguistics 1999: Selected Papers from the 14th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (John Benjamins, 2001), pp. 351–69.

59. John McWhorter, ‘What Happened to English?’, Diachronica, 2002, 19, 2, 217–72.

Part 18: Standardization and Prescriptivism

60. Raymond Hickey, ‘Standard English and Standards of English’, in Raymond Hickey (ed.), Standards of English (Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 1–33.

61. Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, ‘Robert Lowth and the Strong Verb System’, Language Sciences, 2002, 24, 3/4, 459–69.

62. Anne Curzan, ‘Says Who? Teaching and Questioning the Rules of Grammar’, PMLA, 2009, 124, 3, 870–9.

Part 19: World Englishes and Globalization

63. Elly van Gelderen, ‘Grammar’, from ‘English Around the World’, A History of English (John Benjamins, 2006), pp. 258–64.

64. Suzanne Romaine, ‘World Englishes: Standards and the New World Order’, in Larry Smith, Michael Forman, and Cornelia Moore (eds.), World Englishes (University of Hawai’i Press, 2000), pp. ix–xvi.

65. Robert Phillipson, Linguistic Imperialism Continued (Routledge, 2009), pp. 26–53.

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