Studies in the History of the English Language: A Millennial Perspective (Topics in English Linguistics Series)

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The 19 papers in this volume are a selection from a UCLA conference intended to take stock of the state of the field at the beginning of the new millenium and to stimulate research in English Historical Linguistics. The authors are predominantly U.S. scholars. The fields represented include morphosyntax and semantics, grammaticalization, discourse analysis, dialectology, lexicography, the diachronic study of code-switching, phonology and metrics. Two sample articles can be downloaded for free from our website.

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Donka Minkova is Professor Emeritus at UCLA, USA. Robert Stockwell is Professor Emeritus at UCLA, USA.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
From etymology to historical pragmatics 19
Mixed-language texts as data and evidence in English historical linguistics 51
Dialectology and the history of the English language 79
Origin unknown 109
Issues for a new history of English prosody 125
Chaucer: Folk poet or litterateur? 153
A rejoinder to Youmans and Li 177
On the development of English r 183
Vowel variation in English rhyme 207
Lexical diffusion and competing analyses of sound change 231
Dating criteria for Old English poems 245
How much shifting actually occurred in the historical English vowel shift? 267
Restoration of /a/ revisited 283
Pragmatic uses of SHALL future constructions in Early Modern English 301
Explaining the creation of reflexive pronouns in English 325
Word order in Old English prose and poetry: The position of finite verb and adverbs 355
The "have" perfect in Old English: How close was it to the Modern English perfect? 373
Reporting direct speech in Early Modern slander depositions 399
The emergence of the verb-verb compound in twentieth century English and twentieth century linguistics 417
A thousand years of the history of English 449
Name index 473
Subject index 483
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