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The Early English Impersonal ConstructionAn Analysis of Verbal and Constructional Meaning$
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Ruth Möhlig-Falke

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199777723

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777723.001.0001

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Functional Aspects of Old English Grammar

Functional Aspects of Old English Grammar

(p.34) 2 Functional Aspects of Old English Grammar
The Early English Impersonal Construction

Ruth Möhlig-Falke

Oxford University Press

To be able to determine the meaning and communicative function of the Old English (OE) impersonal construction, it is necessary to investigate it within the context of the OE grammatical system. This chapter focuses on the formal and functional properties of the aspects of OE grammar that play a role for the functionality of the OE impersonal construction. These are the OE means of expressing transitive relations, the nominal case categories, word order, the categories of subject and object, and their relationship to the discourse-pragmatic notion of topic.

Keywords:   Old English grammatical system, impersonal construction, functionality, transitive relations, nominal case, word order, subject, object, topic

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