Название: Genitives in Early English
Автор: Cynthia L. Allen
Издательство: Oxford University Press
Год издания: 2008
Размер: 3.78 MB
This text is about a topic in the history of English, but it takes the linguist’s point of view that as a human language, the English of any stage is subject to the universals of human languages and amenable to linguistic analysis. Cynthia L. Allen examines the evidence for the development of adnominal genitives (the knight's sword, the nun's priest's tale, etc.) in English.
During the Middle English period the genitive inflection -es developed into the more clitic-like 's,but how, when, why, and over how long a time are unclear, and have been subject to considerable research and discussion. Author draws together her own and others' findings in areas such as case marking, the nature of syntactic and morphological change, and the role of processing and pragmatics in the construction of grammars and grammatical change.
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