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Genitives in Early English
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Genitives in Early English: Typology and Evidence

Cynthia L. Allen

Abstract

This book examines the history of adnominal genitive phrases from Old to Early Modern English, focusing on the evidence provided by a systematic corpus study and the role of linguistic typology in diachronic syntax. It is argued that arguments based on typology should not outweigh the evidence presented by the texts. Particular attention is paid to the nature of the possessive marker in Middle English, since previous studies, which have concluded that the marker was a clitic at an early stage, suffer from an inadequate empirical base. Two chapters are devoted to establishing that the ‘his geni ... More

Keywords: diachronic syntax, genitive case, determiner, linguistic typology, history of English

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199216680
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216680.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia L. Allen, author
Australian National University
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