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Self-based Anaphora in Early Modern English

Kucelman, Ewa

Self-based Anaphora in Early Modern English

Series: Studies in Language, Culture and Society - Volume 1

Year of Publication: 2013

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 188 pp.
ISBN 978-3-631-64350-1 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.360 kg, 0.794 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book is a corpus-based study which aims to describe the class of self-pronouns as used in the Early Modern English period. Self-pronouns are presented as a multi-functional class, with two main functions, as emphatic forms and as reflexive markers. The emphatic function is seen as a continuation of an earlier state of affairs, whereas the reflexive function is described as a new, emerging one. As reflexive markers, self-pronouns in Early Modern English compete with personal pronouns. Therefore the book seeks to present the conditions of their distribution ranging from configurational and thematic through discursive to pragmatic factors involved in the choice of the reflexive strategy.


Inhalt: Self-pronouns as Bound Anaphors – Pragmatic Approaches to Self-Pronouns – The History of Self-Pronouns – Self-Pronouns as Reflexive Markers in Early Modern English – Emphatic Self-Pronouns in Early Modern English.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Ewa Kucelman is Research Assistant of West-Germanic Linguistics at the Pedagogical University of Cracow (Poland). Apart from diachronic linguistics, her professional interests include comparative linguistics, in particular the contrastive analysis of English and Polish syntax and morphology.


Studies in Language, Culture and Society. Vol. 1
Edited by Andrzej Kątny, Anna Duszak and Piotr Ruszkiewicz