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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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Verbs of Emotion and the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

Verbs of Emotion and the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

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(p.47) Chapter 3 Verbs of Emotion and the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
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Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions
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Ayumi Miura

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199947157.003.0003

The third chapter first offers justifications for limiting the research target to verbs of emotion, mainly for practical reasons but also because the semantic field of emotion is well known in the literature to have included more Old and Middle English impersonal verbs than any other field. The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is then introduced as an essential resource for any lexical study of historical English, and the categories under the section ‘Emotion’ are reproduced. The chapter also assesses the usefulness of the HTOED for the purpose of the book by pointing out three main issues to be borne in mind, namely its unique semantic categorizations, non-use of the Middle English Dictionary as a supplementary tool, and general lack of grammatical information.

Keywords:   categorization, emotion, Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, impersonal verbs, Middle English Dictionary

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