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Reflexivity and Intensification in English

A Study of Texts and Contexts

Claudia Lange

Present-Day English is unique among the Germanic languages in employing the same forms ( himself, herself etc.) both as reflexive pronoun and intensifier. While a lot of attention has been directed at the grammaticalization of the compound reflexive, the emergence of the compound intensifier has remained largely mysterious. This study is a detailed investigation of the domains of reflexivity and intensification throughout the history of English. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the possible source contexts for SELF-forms in Old and Middle English. Backed up with a wide range of data from early Middle English, the compound intensifier is traced to discourse-pragmatic motivations: expressive strategies linked to specific discourse traditions become rapidly grammaticalized once the former Old English standard gave way to large-scale variation in Middle English.
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Claudia Lange, Ursula Schaefer and Göran Wolf

This volume offers some new perspectives on the role of linguistic ideologies in forging the link between ‘language’ and ‘nation’. Language ideologies informing the discourse of linguistic nationalism can be assigned to three different categories, namely ‘ideology in language’, ‘ideology about language’, and ‘ideology in linguistics’. The individual contributions to this volume examine how ideologically charged beliefs about the correlation between ‘language’ and ‘nation’ developed. They also look into the consequences of linguistic nationalism in different areas: in linguistic conflicts, in public debates about the national language and its character, and in the very formation of modern linguistics as a discipline.
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Communicative Spaces

Variation, Contact, and Change- Papers in Honour of Ursula Schaefer

Edited by Claudia Lange, Beatrix Weber and Göran Wolf

The notion of communicative space forms the general theoretical leitmotif of this volume. Within communicative spaces of all kinds, the contributors present their views and research on language variation, language contact and language change. The majority of contributions centre on the Middle English period. Yet, all other historical stages of English are discussed within the given framework. A number of papers address aspects and developments which belong to adjacent fields, such as Romance and Slavonic linguistics as well as cultural studies. The volume celebrates Ursula Schaefer’s scholarly merits on the occasion of her 65th birthday in 2012.