Diachronic Change in the English Passive

Diachronic Change in the English Passive

by Junichi Toyota
     
 

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Junichi Toyota presents a coherent historical development of the passive voice in English. Unique to this study is the use of a continuum in the historical framework, and an examination of various constructions relating to the passive voice, demonstrating an intricate relationship among different constructions and functions over periods of time. Historical changes…  See more details below

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Junichi Toyota presents a coherent historical development of the passive voice in English. Unique to this study is the use of a continuum in the historical framework, and an examination of various constructions relating to the passive voice, demonstrating an intricate relationship among different constructions and functions over periods of time. Historical changes often leave some evidence of earlier constructions or functions which can be identified in terms of gradience. This type of analysis has been neglected, and the voice continuum reveals that there are a number of cases of gradience. Furthermore, detailed morphosemantic analysis reveals that not all previous work on the origin of some constructions, such as the get-passive, may be accurate, and some radical claims are made here concerning such constructions. The author explains complex details schematically, making this accessible reading for researchers and students of language history and language change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230253797
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/05/2008
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

JUNICHI TOYOTA is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Lund, Sweden. His research interests cover a wide range of disciplines, including linguistics, anthropology and cognitive science. His publications are mainly focused on historical linguistics and cognitive linguistics, but also deal with evolution of human linguistic ability.

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