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Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal ConstructionsVerb Meaning and Syntax in Diachrony$
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Ayumi Miura

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199947157

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199947157.001.0001

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Theoretical and Methodological Considerations

Theoretical and Methodological Considerations

(p.21) Chapter 2 Theoretical and Methodological Considerations
Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions

Ayumi Miura

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by addressing general concerns in detecting, and not detecting, the evidence for historical syntax and then discusses possible theories and methodologies for investigating the issues raised in the first chapter. A review of several case studies of near-synonymous verbs in early English and the recent treatment of semantic roles is offered, followed by discussions of causation and aspect, which are two of the crucial concepts in the literature on psych-verbs in modern languages. The range of factors concluded to be important in all these studies, namely constructional patterns, animacy of the Target of Emotion, argument alternation, causation, and aspect are summarized at the end of the chapter as potentially promising factors which distinguish impersonal verbs of emotion from near-synonymous non-impersonal verbs.

Keywords:   animacy, argument alternation, aspect, causation, constructional patterns, evidence, psych-verbs, semantic roles, Target of Emotion

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