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Comprising a selection of papers presented at the Ninth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics held in Poznan in August 1996, this volume contains 28 contributions addressing a range of topics, but with an emphasis on morphological and syntactical studies on word-formation, modality and negation, and clause structure in the history of the English language. A more theoretically-oriented strain is represented by contributions treating grammaticalization or lexical diffusion in language change. There are also contributions addressing the historiography of historical linguistics including discussion of past grammarians such as Buchanan or Huish, as well as phonological studies and discussion of the development of Early Modern English. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Double prepositions in English 1
Motivations for producing and analyzing compounds in Wulfstan's sermons 15
The degrammaticalization of addressee-satisfaction conditionals in Early Modern English 23
From unasecendlic to unspeakable: The role of domain structure in morphological change 33
Anthony Huish: A 17th-century English grammarian 53
John Bullokar's "Termes of Art" 63
The Dublin Vowel Shift and the historical perspective 79
On the ideological boundaries of Old English dialects 107
The spread of-ly to present participles 119
Inversion after single and multiple topics in Old English 135
Epenthesis and Mouillierung in the explanation of i-umlaut: The rise and fall of a theory 151
On minor declarative complementizers in the history of English: The case of but 161
Bare and to-infinitives in Old English: Callaway revisited 173
The interplay of external and internal factors in morphological restructuring: The case of you 189
The origins of long-short allomorphy in English 211
Modals in past counterfactual conditional protases 241
Downsizing the preterite-presents in Middle English 253
Social mobility and the decline of multiple negation in Early Modern English 263
The grammaticalization in Medieval English 293
Evolution theory and lexical diffusion 315
On nominative case assignment in Old English 345
Social factors and pronominal change in the seventeenth century: The Civil-War effect? 361
Towards an integrated view of the development of English: Notes on causal linking 389
Problems of functional structure in some relative clauses 407
Eighteenth-century linguistics and authorship: The cases of Dyche, Priestley, and Buchanan 435
Adverbialization and subject-modification in Old English 443
Standardization of English spelling: The eighteenth-century printers' contribution 457
The functional relationship between rules (Old English voicing of fricatives and lengthening of vowels before homorganic clusters) 471
Index of subjects 485
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