Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Constructions and EnvironmentsCopular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle English$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Peter Petré

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199373390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373390.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 October 2018

Copularization of becumeþ and weaxeþ

Copularization of becumeþ and weaxeþ

Chapter:
(p.197) Chapter 6 Copularization of BECUMEÞ and WEAXEÞ
Source:
Constructions and Environments
Author(s):

Peter Petré

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373390.003.0006

Chapter 6 provides the first detailed analysis of the development of the change-of-state copulas become (originally ‘arrive’) and wax (‘grow’). Intriguingly, these verbs became fully productive copulas in a very short time. It is argued that this happened after a pre-copular stage had reached a threshold value. Crucially, the copularization of become and wax reached this threshold as a result of an interactive constellation of multiple lineages of constructions belonging to two groups. First, verb-class-specific constructions involving become or wax gradually changed and interacted. Second, verb-class-specific constructions involving already existing copulas, notably weorðan ‘become’, provided a template of general productivity upon which the newly emerging copulas could graft.

Keywords:   Copula, productivity, construction grammar, historical linguistics, analogy, grammaticalization, Old English, Middle English

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .