History of Englishes: New Methods and Interpretations in Historical Linguistics

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Table of Contents

I Theory and methodology 1
Translation and the history of English 3
The evidence for analytic and synthetic developments in English 25
Evidence for regular sound change in English dialect geography 42
A social model for the interpretation of language change 72
How to study Old English syntax? 92
II Phonology and orthography 101
Exceptionality and non-specification in the history of English phonology 103
The myth of "the Anglo-Norman scribe" 117
Old English ABCs 130
What, if anything, was the Great Vowel Shift? 144
Lexical and morphological consequences of phonotactic change in the history of English 156
Lexical phonology and diachrony 167
Homorganic clusters as moric busters in the history of English: the case of -ld, -nd, -mb 191
Middle English vowel quantity reconsidered 207
III Morphology and syntax 223
On explaining the historical development of English genitives 225
A touch of (sub-)class? Old English "preterite-present" verbs 241
The information present: present tense for communication in the past 262
Structural factors in the history of English modals 287
Subordinating uses of and in the history of English 310
The distribution of verb forms in Old English subordinate clauses 319
Relative constructions and functional amalgamation in Early Modern English 336
The use of to and for in Old English 352
Man's son/son of man: translation, textual conditioning, and the history of the English genitive 359
Why is the element order to [actual symbol not reproducible] him 'said to him' impossible? 373
On the development of the by-agent in English 379
Pragmatics of this and that 401
A valency description of Old English possessive verbs 418
Who(m)? Constraints on the loss of case marking of wh-pronouns in the English of Shakespeare and other poets of the Early Modern English period 437
"I not say": bridge phenomenon in syntactic change 453
IV Lexis and semantics 463
The status of word formation in Middle English: approaching the question 465
Post-dating Romance loan-words in Middle English: are the French words of the Katherine Group English? 483
Rich Lake: a case history 506
V Varieties and dialects 517
The evolution of a vernacular 519
Relativization in the Dorset dialect 532
William Barnes and the south west dialect of English 556
A Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle English: the value of texts surviving in more than one version 566
A Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle English: tradition and typology 582
A chapter in the worldwide spread of English: Malta 592
"Du's no heard da last o'dis" - on the use of be as a perfective auxiliary in Shetland dialect 602
On the morphology of verbs in Middle Scots: present and present perfect indicative 611
The pace of change in Appalachian English 624
Variability in Old English and the continental Germanic languages 640
Variability in Tok Pisin phonology: "Did you say 'pig' or 'fig'?" 647
VI Text types and individual texts 669
Chaucer's Boece: a syntactic and lexical analysis 671
The linguistic evolution of five written and speech-based English genres from the 17th to the 20th centuries 688
The do variant field in questions and negatives: Jane Austen's Complete Letters and Mansfield Park 705
The repertoire of topic changers in personal, intimate letters: a diachronic study of Osborne and Woolf 720
Text-types and language history: the cookery recipe 736
Macaronic writing in a London archive, 1380-1480 762
Abbreviations of titles of textual sources 771
Name index 781
Subject index 791
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