Studies in the History of the English Language: A Millennial Perspective

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Originating at a U. of California at Los Angeles conference of the same name held in the spring of 2000, 21 essays explore both historical English linguistics, as well as the history of English as a discipline. The papers covering issues in linguistics are organized into two separate sections first covering phonology and metrics, and then morphosyntax and semantics. The papers were chosen to stimulate debate in research rather than to advance a particular school of thought. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR
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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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