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The Early English Impersonal Construction
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The Early English Impersonal Construction: An Analysis of Verbal and Constructional Meaning

Ruth Möhlig-Falke

Abstract

This book aims to demonstrate that an understanding of the functional and semantic aspects of impersonal verbs in Old and Middle English can shed light on questions that remain about these verbs today. The impersonal construction has been a topic of extensive research for over a hundred years. But three quandaries—their seemingly unsystematic development, the gradual loss of impersonal uses, and the difficulty of aligning this with structural changes in early English—have made explanations for their development unsatisfactory. The book offers a detailed analysis of impersonal verbs within the ... More

Keywords: impersonal verbs, Old English, Middle English, verbal meaning, constructional meaning, syntactic uses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199777723
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777723.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Möhlig-Falke, author
University of Wuerzburg

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