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Language Change and Variation from Old English to Late Modern English

A Festschrift for Minoji Akimoto

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Edited By Merja Kytö, John Scahill and Harumi Tanabe

This collection reflects Minoji Akimoto’s concern with studies of change in English that are theoretically-informed, but founded on substantial bodies of data. Some of the contributors focus on individual texts and text-types, among them literature and journalism, others on specific periods, from Old English to the nineteenth century, but the majority trace a linguistic process – such as negation, passivisation, complementation or grammaticalisation – through the history of English. While several papers take a fresh look at manuscript evidence, the harnessing of wideranging electronic corpora is a recurring feature methodologically. The linguistic fields treated include word semantics, stylistics, orthography, word-order, pragmatics and lexicography. The volume also contains a bibliography of Professor Akimoto’s writings and an index of linguistic terms.

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Preface ....................................................................................................11 MERJA KYTÖ, JOHN SCAHILL and HARUMI TANABE Introduction.............................................................................................13 Syntax and Style UDO FRIES Sentence Length, Sentence Complexity and the Noun Phrase in 18th-Century News Publications.......................................................21 ELLY VAN GELDEREN Negative Concord and the Negative Cycle in the History of English......35 MICHIO HOSAKA The Rise of the Complementizer that in the History of English .........59 YOKO IYEIRI Negation in Fragments A, B and C of the Hunter Manuscript of The Romaunt of the Rose ...................................................................79 OHKADO MASAYUKI On Stylistic Fronting in Middle English Prose.................................. 103 FUYO OSAWA Syntactic Passive: Its Rise and Growth in the History of English................................... 117 HIRONORI SUZUKI Ordering Main and Modal Verbs in the Production of Old English Poetry .......................................................................... 139 Words and Semantics DIETER KASTOVSKY Translation Techniques in the Terminology of Ælfric’s Grammar: Semantic Loans, Loan Translations and Word-Formation ............... 163 MANFRED MARKUS Features of Spokenness in Joseph Wright’s English Dialect Dictionary ..................................... 175 MEIKO MATSUMOTO Semantic Shifts in the Development of Color Terms in English...... 197 FUJIO NAKAMURA Uncovering of Rare or Unknown Usages: A History of seem Meaning ‘to pretend’ ........................................... 217 JOHN SCAHILL Prodigal Early Middle English Orthographies: Minds and Manuscripts ...................................................................... 239 HARUMI TANABE The Rivalry of give up and its Synonymous Verbs in Modern English ................................................................................... 253 Discourse and Pragmatics LAUREL J. BRINTON From Performative to Concessive Disjunct: I/you admit and admittedly.................................................................. 279 TOMOHIRO KAWABATA On the Rise of but-concessive Constructions: From the Viewpoint of Grammaticalization ...................................... 303 MATTI RISSANEN On the History of unless ...................................................................... 327 REIJIROU SHIBASAKI On the Transition of Transitivity in English ...................................... 349 SHIHOKO...

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