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Referential Null Subjects in Early English
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Referential Null Subjects in Early English

Kristian A. Rusten


This book offers a large-scale quantitative investigation of referential null subjects as they occur in Old, Middle, and Early Modern English. Using corpus linguistic methods, and drawing on five corpora of early English, the book empirically addresses the occurrence of subjectless finite clauses in more than 500 early English texts, and excerpts of texts, spanning nearly 850 years of the history of English. The book gives an in-depth quantitative analysis of c.80,000 overt and null referential pronominal subjects in 181 Old English texts. On the basis of this substantial data material, the bo ... More

Keywords: Referential null subjects, historical syntax, corpus linguistics, Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, statistical analysis, quantitative methods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198808237
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristian A. Rusten, author
Associate Professor of English Language, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences