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Language Change and Variation from Old English to Late Modern English

A Festschrift for Minoji Akimoto


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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Notes on Contributors LAUREL J. BRINTON is Professor of English Language at the University of British Columbia. Her areas of research include tense/aspect, diachronic discourse analysis, pragmatic markers, grammaticalization, and lexicalization. She is the author of The Development of English Aspectual Systems (1988, reissued 2009), Pragmatic Markers in English (1996), and The Comment Clause in English (2008). With Elizabeth Closs Traugott, she has co-written Lexicalization in Language Change (2005), and with Alexander Bergs she is co-editing the two-volume Handbook of Historical English Linguistics. She is also the author of two textbooks on English linguistics and the assistant editor of A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles (2nd ed., in progress). UDO FRIES is Emeritus Professor of English Linguistics at the Univer- sity of Zurich. During the last few years his research interests have focussed primarily on English corpus linguistics. He compiled ZEN, the Zurich English Newspaper Corpus, a machine-readable corpus of early English newspapers, which is available online. He is the author of an introduction to Chaucer’s language, and he has published papers on text linguistics and on a variety of English genres, including in- structional texts, curricula vitae, death notices, and advertisements. He is currently working on an extension of the ZEN corpus. ELLY VAN GELDEREN has taught at Arizona State University since 1995. She is the author of articles and books on (historical) syntax and the history of English, among them her 2004 Grammaticalization as Economy and her 2006 textbook A History of the English Language. Recently, she...

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