Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal ConstructionsVerb Meaning and Syntax in Diachrony$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 14 December 2019

Old and Middle English Impersonal Verbs of Emotion

Old and Middle English Impersonal Verbs of Emotion

Analysis from Dictionary Meanings

(p.56) Chapter 4 Old and Middle English Impersonal Verbs of Emotion
Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions

Ayumi Miura

Oxford University Press

On the basis of the dates and definitions provided in dictionaries of Old and Middle English, this chapter offers a focused study of the rise and spread of impersonal constructions in each of the seven ‘Emotion’ categories in the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary which contain impersonal usage (Pleasure/enjoyment, Mental pain/suffering, Anger, Hatred/enmity, Pity/compassion, Humility, Fear). Common semantic characteristics of these verbs are then established. Verbs of Fear and Anger turn out to have parallel histories in that they first developed impersonal usage in early Middle English and that the usage shifted around the fourteenth century from verbs with a certain sense of stimulus to those which expressed general fear and anger. No such systematic change is observed with the other categories, although some of them experienced minor development around the same time.

Keywords:   Anger, Fear, Hatred/enmity, Humility, impersonal verbs, Mental pain/suffering, Middle English, Old English, Pity/compassion, Pleasure/enjoyment

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .